Benedict Cumberbatch talks to The Express about his role in The Child In Time

The 41-year-old was last on our TV screens earlier this year as super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes, but now he will be returning to the BBC with a new drama that has been adapted from the Ian McEwan novel, The Child In Time and sees the Oscar-nominated star portraying kids' author Stephen Lewis who is struck by tragedy when he loses his daughter Kate.

The BBC announced the one-off drama in February and is set to be a co-production between Masterpiece and Cumberbatch’s company SunnyMarch TV. Speaking at the London Film and Comic-Con, Cumberbatch was asked whether he found emotional roles harder when he had to contend with an accent as well which led him to discuss his new part.

He explained: “No, I think definitely not. That’s always the same challenge no matter what other elements in there. It’s interesting, like The Child In Time is a programme which I’m very, very proud of which is coming out some time soon. 

“It’s the first one we’ve ever done as a production company and that was very much me. I’m not Sherlock, I’m not Doctor Strange, it’s something much nearer me. That was it’s own challenge because it’s very exposing in a way but also far more accessible, I guess.”

The father-of-two added: “That character’s going through a trauma unlike any of these two. I think it’s much more about the intensity or the cause for intensity and emotion than it is the other accoutrement of the character accent or superhero get ups. Whatever it may be.”  

The Child In Time doesn’t yet have a release date but is described as an exploration of “the dark territory of a marriage devastated by the loss of a child”.

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