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Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch set to star in BBC adaptation of Ian McEwan novel The Child in Time

Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch (Scott Louden & PA)
Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch (Scott Louden & PA)

TRAINSPOTTING star Kelly Macdonald will star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming BBC One adaptation of Ian McEwan’s award-winning novel The Child In Time.

The Scottish actress will also be joined in the one-off 90-minute programme by The History Boys star Stephen Campbell Moore and Luther actress Saskia Reeves.

A first-look picture released shows Cumberbatch, who will play children’s author Stephen Lewis, walking through a forest.

The book, which won McEwan the prestigious Whitbread Novel Award in 1987, is centred around Lewis and his wife, and their struggle following the devastating loss of their young child.

The drama is the first to be produced by Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch TV and is directed by British director Julian Farino, whose previous television credits include the first few instalments of hit HBO show Entourage.

The novel has been adapted for television by Stephen Butchard, who recently worked on The Last Kingdom.

Pinewood Television’s executive producer Helen Gregory said: “I’m so delighted to have such a talented cast join Benedict, Julian and the team and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them bring Stephen’s script to screen.”

Cumberbatch also starred in the big screen adaptation of McEwan’s book Atonement.

Filming on the production has begun but no transmission date has yet been confirmed.