While “Sherlock” might be done for good, Benedict Cumberbatch will still star in an upcoming telefilm on PBS’ “Masterpiece.” He is currently filming the TV adaptation of Ian McEwen‘s acclaimed 1987 novel “The Child in Time,” which is being directed by BAFTA winner Julian Farino (“Marvellous”). Stephen Butchard (“The Last Kingdom”) adapted the Whitbread-winning bestseller about a couple coping with life after the kidnapping of their three-year-old daughter.
Cumberbatch plays the husband, Stephen Lewis, a children’s book author, whose carelessness led to the abduction of Kate. Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”) has joined the production as his wife Julie, who leaves in the wake of this tragedy and now lives as a recluse. Lewis turns to his best friends — politico Charles Darke and his wife Thelma, a physicist — who are to be played by Stephen Campbell Moore (“The History Boys”) and Saskia Reeves (“Wolf Hall”).
Besides starring in this 90-minute TV movie, which will also screen on the BBC, Cumberbatch is making his debut as a producer under his SunnyMarch shingle alongside Pinewood Television. That company’s executive producer Helen Gregory welcomed the additions. “I’m delighted to have such a talented cast join Benedict, Julian and the team and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them bring Stephen’s script to screen.”