The Child in Time | Masterpiece

Mar 26, 2018

Sun. Apr. 1 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | A moment of distraction triggers a crisis in the lives of a happy, successful British couple in Ian McEwan’s haunting tale of a lost child and redeemed love.

The Child in Time, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, Goodbye Christopher Robin), airs on WKAR TV on Sunday, April 1 at 9pm.

Adapted from McEwan’s 1987 Whitbread Prize–winning novel, which critic Christopher Hitchens called the author’s “masterpiece,” this 90-minute film earned high praise during its recent UK broadcast. The Guardian found it “a deeply affecting portrait of loss and what that does to love,” and The Times lauded it as “a rarity: nuanced, unmawkish, unsentimental.

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.