Benedict Cumberbatch New BBC Series

Benedict Cumberbatch to EP, Star in BBC One Drama About Loss of a Child

Benedict Cumberbatch is cooking up another Masterpiece for BBC One.

The Sherlock star will lead and executive-produce a 90-minute retelling of Ian McEwan’s 1987 novel The Child In Time, our sister site Deadline reports.

Cumberbatch will play a children’s author named Stephen Lewis, whose young daughter “goes missing in the lyrical and heartbreaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.” As the drama unfolds, we see the devastating effects loss can have on a marriage “until hope surfaces and triumphs unexpectedly.”

“I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me — profound, beautiful and very moving,” Cumberbatch said in a statement. “Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty. We’re very excited to have [writer] Stephen Butchard’s subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an extraordinary director who delivers emotional truth. I’m so proud The Child In Time will be the first drama produced by [Cumberbatch’s company] SunnyMarch TV.”

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  1. Kailani says:

    I love everything about this man.

  2. Debora says:

    So is it a series or a movie?

  3. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    Time for this but not for more Sherlock? The nerve of these actors wanting to broaden their horizons.

  4. kirads09 says:

    Benedict – Yes! Anytime,anywhere. So adore him.

  5. Alichat says:

    Yay! More Batchy on the TV!

  6. David Graf says:

    I’m sorry but the loss of a child shouldn’t be the basis for entertainment.

  7. Ella says:

    I loved this book. It was poignant and heartbreaking.

  8. Iva Černá says:

    I think it might be interesting :) Maybe I’ll even read the book…

  9. Absolutely He and Masterpiece show high quality performances worth watching .I think he would make a wonderful producer or director.