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The Child in Time

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.

Release date:

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Sun 24 Sep 2017 21:00


Role Contributor
StephenBenedict Cumberbatch
JulieKelly Macdonald
CharlesStephen Campbell Moore
ThelmaSaskia Reeves
PolicewomanAndrea Hall
Male NeighbourJim Creighton
KateBeatrice White
Shop AssistantRosa-Marie Lewis
Lydia WebbFranc Ashman
Rachel MurrayAnna Madeley
Home SecretaryJohn Hopkins
Prime MinisterElliot Levey
Joanna BuckleyLucy Liemann
Stephen's Young MotherNatasha Brown
Greg EllisLaurence Spellman
Stephen's FatherRichard Durden
Stephen's MotherGeraldine Alexander
Estate AgentGerard Monaco
Taxi DriverTony Walker
Ruth LyleChase Collard
Mrs ForresterGehane Strehler
Mrs MattersonKaren Bryson
NurseDoreene Blackstock
WriterStephen Butchard
AuthorIan McEwan
ProducerGrainne Marmion
DirectorJulian Farino