Benedict Cumberbatch Set For The Child In Time

BBC One has announced feature length drama The Child In Time, adapted by Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom) from Ian McEwan’s novel about love, loss and the power of things unseen. Julian Farino (Entourage) will direct.

In The Child In Time, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) will star as Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, who is confronted with the loss of his child.

The film explores a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Kate’s absence sets Stephen and his wife on diverging paths as both struggle with an all-consuming grief. As time passes, a sort of balance returns, until hope surfaces and unexpectedly triumphs.

Ian McEwan, said: “I have fond memories of Benedict playing a brilliant and key part in the movie adaptation of Atonement. Now, it’s a great honour to have this actor of such immense resource, experience and subtlety in the lead role of The Child in Time.”

The Child In Time will air on BBC One in the UK, and as part of the Masterpiece strand on PBS in the USA.