Premieres Sunday, April 1 at 9 PM ET/PT on PBS
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Time stops when the heart breaks. The Child in Time starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel. An everyday moment triggers a crisis in the lives of a happy, successful British couple in the haunting tale of a lost child and redeemed love.
Cumberbatch stars as Stephen Lewis, a noted children’s book author, and Macdonald plays his wife, Julie, a professional musician. They are the doting parents of Kate (Beatrice White), an impish four-year-old, their only child. Then one day Kate mysteriously disappears during a shopping outing with Stephen. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it upends Stephen and Julie’s lives in extraordinary ways. The Child in Time also stars Stephen Campbell Moore (The Last Post, Goodbye Christopher Robin) as Charles, Stephen’s publisher and best friend, and Saskia Reeves as Charles’ wife, Thelma.
Charles gets Stephen appointed to a government commission on child care reform in hopes of taking his friend’s mind off Kate, who by this point has been missing for three years. But to Stephen, whose vivid memories of Kate are ever present, the committee’s direction seems maddeningly out of touch with what children actually need. Kate haunts every aspect of Stephen’s life—as a phantom at his side, a voice in his ear, a fleeting glimpse in a crowd of school children. Estranged from Julie due to the stress of their mutual loss, Stephen makes an attempt to reconnect, going to the village where she now lives.