Benedict Cumberbatch in New Masterpiece Drama
Adapted by Stephen Butchard from Ian McEwan’s Prize-winning novel, and directed by Julian Farino (The Newsroom, Entourage), The Child in Time, a lyrical and heart-breaking exploration of love, loss, and the power of things unseen, comes to Masterpiece Sunday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. on KUED.
Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, who is confronted with the unthinkable: the loss of a child.
“I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me – profound, beautiful, and very moving,” said Cumberbatch. “Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty. We’re very excited to have Stephen Butchard’s subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an extraordinary director who delivers emotional truth.”
With tenderness and insight, the film explores the dark territory of 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. With the passage of time, a balance of sorts returns, until hope surfaces and triumphs unexpectedly.
“Masterpiece has been proud to showcase Benedict’s work for many years, and of course Sherlock has been a fantastic gift to our audience,” said Masterpiece Executive Producer, Rebecca Eaton. “To co-produce the first television drama out of Cumberbatch’s production company, SunnyMarch TV, with Pinewood Television is very gratifying.”
Pinewood Television’s Creative Director Helen Gregory, said: “I am delighted to be bringing Stephen’s beautiful adaptation of The Child in Time to the screen in collaboration with such huge talents as Julian Farino and Benedict.”
Said novelist Ian McEwan, “I’m thrilled to have my novel in the hands of such a high level creative team. I have fond memories of Benedict playing a brilliant and key part in the movie adaptation of Atonement. Now, it’s a great honor to have this actor of such immense resource, experience, and subtlety in the lead role of The Child in Time.”