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Everything you need to know about The Child In Time, the instrumentation of Ian McEwan’s novel starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Everything you need to know about The Child In Time, starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as sorrowful father Stephen Lewis in The Child In Time (Picture: Pinewood Television/Sunny March/Laurie Sparham

Are you looking for a new show to watch?

If you’ve been blank Benedict Cumberbatch from the TV screens, this is one for you.

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If you’re a big Ian McEwan fan, this instrumentation of his 1987 novel, which has been described as his best work ever, this one is for you.

And, of course, if you’re looking for a good Sunday night drama; well, this is for you.

Here’s all you need to know about The Child In Time

What is it?

Everything you need to know about The Child In Time, starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Kelly Macdonald plays Stephen’s wife, Julie, in the prolongation (Picture: Pinewood Television/Sunny March/Charlie Best)

The Child in Time is a 90-minute instrumentation of Ian McEwan’s 1987 novel of the same name; it’s the story of children’s author Stephen and his wife Julie coping with their grief after their immature daughter is abducted.

Who’s in it?

Everything you need to know about The Child In Time, starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Stephen Campbell Moore and Lucy Liemann join the expel (Picture: Pinewood Television/Sunny March/Charlie Best)

This instrumentation is stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen, while Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting, Boardwalk Empire) will play his wife Julie.

Also among the expel are Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys) and Saskia Reeves (Wolf Hall), who play friends of the couple.

The TV film is also being constructed by Benedict Cumberbatch; it’s the first play to come from the actor’s prolongation company, SunnyMarch TV.

So, what happens in it?

The story picks up two years after Stephen and Julie’s daughter was abducted; driven detached by their grief, the couple have now separated.

The strange novel is also, in part, about the fluidity of time which, but delving too distant into spoiler details, provides an engaging viewpoint on the events of the story.

When’s it on in the UK? How can we watch it in the US?

Everything you need to know about The Child In Time, starring Benedict Cumberbatch
(Picture: Pinewood Television/Sunny March/Charlie Best)

The Child in Time is going to be promote on BBC One on Sunday Sep 24 at 9pm.

It’s set to air on Masterpiece on PBS in 2018 on an as-yet-unspecified date.

Why should we watch it?

Everything you need to know about The Child In Time, starring Benedict Cumberbatch
(Picture: Pinewood Television/Sunny March/Charlie Best

Benedict Cumberbatch put it best, describing the strange novel as ‘profound, pleasing and very moving’, articulate about grief with ‘telling honesty’.

This radio instrumentation promises the same thing.

Alex Moreland is a freelance author and tyro formed in London. You can review some-more of his work here.

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