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The Child in Time

Drama about a writer of children's books who is confronted with the unthinkable when his only child, four-year-old Kate, disappears in a supermarket.

Adapted by Stephen Butchard from Ian McEwan's Whitbread Prize-winning novel, The Child in Time is a lyrical and heartbreaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.

Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children's books, is confronted with the unthinkable: he loses his only child, four-year-old Kate, in a supermarket. In one horrifying moment that replays itself over the years that follow, Stephen realises his daughter is gone. With tenderness and insight, the film explores a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Kate's absence sets Stephen and his wife, Julie, 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.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Sun 24 Sep 2017 21:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Stephen Benedict Cumberbatch
Julie Kelly Macdonald
Charles Stephen Campbell Moore
Thelma Saskia Reeves
Policewoman Andrea Hall
Male Neighbour Jim Creighton
Kate Beatrice White
Shop Assistant Rosa-Marie Lewis
Lydia Webb Franc Ashman
Rachel Murray Anna Madeley
Home Secretary John Hopkins
Prime Minister Elliot Levey
Joanna Buckley Lucy Liemann
Stephen's Young Mother Natasha Brown
Greg Ellis Laurence Spellman
Stephen's Father Richard Durden
Stephen's Mother Geraldine Alexander
Estate Agent Gerard Monaco
Taxi Driver Tony Walker
Ruth Lyle Chase Collard
Mrs Forrester Gehane Strehler
Mrs Matterson Karen Bryson
Nurse Doreene Blackstock
Writer Stephen Butchard
Author Ian McEwan
Producer Grainne Marmion
Director Julian Farino

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