Dramas about missing children can be depressing, but this isn’t.’In fact, while there are plenty of moments that tug the heartstrings – Benedict’s face as he watches giggling parents swinging their little girl, the presents he places under the Christmas tree for his lost daughter – there’s humour too (viewers will struggle not to laugh when, under his breath, he calls one of his pompous neighbours a rude word).
There is even, without giving too much away, hope and happiness, not to mention a twist at the end.
And while there’s great love between them they can’t survive in each other’s company while they both try to come to terms with what’s happened.’In heart-wrenching scenes, Stephen pounds the street in search of their daughter while his wife is unable to leave the house, marooned in front of the TV, neither able to comprehend each other’s coping mechanisms.
‘You lost her,’ shouts Julie in one agonised exchange, as she explains that her heart is broken all over again whenever her husband comes back without her.
In slow-motion, a shell-shocked Benedict Cumberbatch emerges from a supermarket. Back home, his character’s panic-stricken wife, played by Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald, has just one question. ‘She was just there.’‘She’ is the couple’s four-year-old daughter Kate, who has disappeared while on a shopping trip with her father – one minute playing by a rack of magazines as he pays for the groceries, the next vanished into thin air.
He’s shown to a waiting squad car where a sympathetic police constable breaks the eerie silence. The panic that follows is one any parent will recognise, but for most of us it lasts just a few moments.
‘It’s very honest in its portrayal of love and loss.
In the trailer, Benedict can be see taking his sweet daughter Kate to the supermarket where he props her in a trolley and proceeds to cart her along playfully.
A flurry of other short clips sees his wife tell him: 'If there's any consolation, I see her too.
The Child In Time, a deeply moving exploration of love and loss, looks at what happens when your child doesn’t come back.
Based on Ian Mc Ewan’s award-winning 1987 novel of the same name, the show sees Benedict as children’s author Stephen Lewis, while Kelly is his wife Julie.