-Produced by Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV for BBC ONE-
In their first television commission, Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV will produce The Child in Time for BBC ONE, co-produced by MASTERPIECE. Adapted by Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom) from Ian McEwan’s Whitbread Prize-winning novel, and directed by Julian Farino (The Newsroom, Entourage), The Child in Time is a lyrical and heart-breaking exploration of love, loss, and the power of things unseen.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Parade’s End) stars as Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, who is confronted with the unthinkable: the loss of a child.
Benedict Cumberbatch, SunnyMarch TV co-founder, said: “I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me – profound, beautiful and very moving. 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. I’m so proud The Child in Time will be the first drama produced by SunnyMarch TV.”
With tenderness and insight, the film explores the dark territory of a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Her 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 his shop, SunnyMarch TV, with Pinewood Television is very gratifying.”
Novelist Ian McEwan, said: “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 honour to have this actor of such immense resource, experience, and subtlety in the lead role of The Child in Time.”
Stay tuned for more information on The Child in Time, including the announcement of when it will premiere on CPTV and other PBS stations!
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