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The Child in Time is a British television film directed by Julian Farino, adaptation of the 1987 novel of the same name by Ian McEwan. The film premiered on BBC One on Sunday 24 September 2017 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch.[3][1]

The Child in Time
Based onThe Child in Time
by Ian McEwan
Written byStephen Butchard[1]
Directed byJulian Farino[1]
Composer(s)Adrian Johnston
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Helen Gregory[1]
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Adam Ackland
  • David Boulter
  • Lucy Richer
  • Rebecca Eaton
  • Stephen Butchard
Producer(s)Grainne Marmion[2]
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release24 September 2017 (2017-09-24)
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Cast and charactersEdit


The film was announced on 15 February 2017, as the first commission for Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV for BBC One, with Benedict Cumberbatch cast as Stephen Lewis.[1] Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore and Saskia Reeves joined the cast in April 2017. Filming started in April 2017 in London.[2]


Film locations in London included a Co-op supermarket in Crouch End, Hornsey Town Hall and the National Theatre in Lambeth. Other locations include Shingle Street, a hamlet on the Suffolk coast.[4] The family was depicted as living in Maida Vale and several exterior scenes were filmed around Elgin Avenue.


Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 81% based on 21 reviews, and an average rating of 7.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Child in Time skillfully resists melodrama, trusting the finer details of its story -- and the actors bringing them to life -- to land with a slow-building, devastating impact."[5] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Tartaglione, Nancy (15 February 2017). "Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In, Exec Produce 'The Child In Time' For BBC, Masterpiece".
  2. ^ a b c d e Mitchell, Robert (4 April 2017). "Kelly Macdonald Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Drama 'The Child in Time'". Variety.
  3. ^ a b Wollaston, Sam (25 September 2017). "The Child in Time review – an agonising portrayal of panic and guilt". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Benedict Cumberbatch's family drama, The Child in Time, filmed in Suffolk and London". The Location Guide. 25 September 2017.
  5. ^ "The Child in Time (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  6. ^ "The Child in Time Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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