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Cumberbatch, Pinewood raise Child

Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC's Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC’s Sherlock

BBC1 in the UK has ordered an adaptation of Ian McEwan novel The Child in Time from Pinewood Television and Benedict Cumberbatch’s prodco SunnyMarch TV.

The 1×90′ show, which will star Sherlock actor Cumberbatch, is being coproduced with PBS’s Masterpiece strand in the US and has been adapted for TV by Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom).

Julian Farino (Marvellous, Entourage) directs the programme, which is the first TV commission for SunnyMarch and follows the life of a successful writer of children’s books who is confronted with the loss of his child. StudioCanal, which holds a 20% stake in SunnyMarch, distributes globally.

Cumberbatch, SunnyMarch TV co-founder, said: “We’re very excited to have Stephen Butchard’s subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an extraordinary director who delivers emotional truth. I’m so proud The Child in Time will be the first drama produced by SunnyMarch TV.”

Piers Wenger, controller for BBC drama commissioning, said: “The Child in Time is a unique and moving story and one which I think will touch the heart of every BBC1 viewer. I’m proud to be involved with both Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV’s first television commission, and to welcome Benedict back again to BBC1.”

Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton added: “Masterpiece has been proud to showcase Benedict’s work for many years and, of course, Sherlock has been a fantastic gift to our audience. To coproduce the first television drama out of his shop SunnyMarch TV with Pinewood Television is very gratifying.”

It’s the latest project for London-based Pinewood Television, which joined the second season of Swedish drama Jordskott as a coproducer earlier this month.

In related news, the UK pubcaster will debut three-part comedy thriller Ill Behaviour on its on demand service iPlayer later this year, before the show airs on BBC2.
Ill Behaviour is from Fudge Park and has been written by Sam Bain (Peep Show, Fresh Meat), who is also an executive producer.
It follows a man who, wary of modern medicine, is held captive by his friends who decide to administer the drugs that could save him. BBC Worldwide distributes internationally.

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