Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch on his lower-key new role

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Last night, audiences got to see Benedict Cumberbatch in the screen adaptation of The Child In Time on BBC One. Cumberbatch’s production company oversaw the show, and thus he’s been heavily involved in its promotion.

In an interview with The Telegraph, he suggested that taking on the role in The Child In Time was a welcome change from the likes of playing Sherlock and Doctor Strange.

“It’s great playing a man who drinks cups of tea, has normal conversations, daydreams, doodles on a pad and isn’t talking at a million miles an hour or firing energy out of his hands,” he admitted.

That said, the dark material of the story, based on Ian McEwan’s novel, was not without challenges. But Cumberbatch himself noted that “tt might look like an odd choice for a new father to be tackling a drama about losing a child. It worked for me because it’s a London shoot, and I’ve got a newborn”.

Our review of The Child In Time can be found here.