Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Ian McEwan's 'The Child in Time' for Masterpiece

Benedict Cumberbatch in "Sherlock" Season 4. (Photo: Courtesy of Laurence Cendrowicz/Hartswood Films & MASTERPIECE)

Benedict Cumberbatch is coming back to Masterpiece – just not in the exact way you might think. The Sherlock star is producing an adaptation of award-winning author Ian McEwan’s 1987 novel The Child in Time for BBC One and PBS.     

In addition to serving as executive producer, Cumberbatch will star as Stephen Lewis, a successful children’s book author whose daughter suddenly goes missing. Her disappearance devastates Stephen’s marriage, as he and his wife struggle to deal with grief, loss and hope in turns.

Per the official press release, this ninety-minute feature will be “a lyrical and heart-breaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.”

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This is still the greatest dress. (Photo: Courtesy of ITV Plc)

The first season of period drama Victoria is drawing to a close. The season finale will air on PBS stations nationwide on Sunday, March 5.

But don’t worry. That’s not going to be the end of the story. Not by a long shot. The show was renewed for a second season last Fall and production has already started on the new episodes. Plus, it’ll get a bonus Christmas special later this year. If all goes according to series creator Daisy Goodwin’s plan, we’ll be seeing a lot more of this story over the next few years.

We’re far from finished in the world of Queen Victoria’s court.

To celebrate the drama’s successful – and, honestly, super entertaining – first season, we made a brand new character quiz that’s meant to determine your alter ego from the world of Victoria

A New Detective for 'Death in Paradise'

No doubt many PBS viewers are familiar with the charming BBC mystery/dramedy Death in Paradise. Every episode provides a not-so-gruesome murder or two, a display board full of suspects, a few red herrings and a conundrum. Our hero suddenly has a eureka moment – and gathers everybody together to explain exactly how the murder went down, Agatha Christie style. And all this in a breathtaking tropical island setting no less.

But now the popular series seems to be taking a page from The Doctor Who playbook. After a few seasons of six month location shoots and time away from family, the lead actor makes the difficult but necessary decision to move on to other pastures only to be replaced by another Brit with a comedy background. It appears the DI torch has been passed yet again and right in the middle of Season 6 which just finished airing on BBC1 last week.

Read on to find out who's the new sheriff of Saint Marie.

'Victoria' Season 1: 'The Engine of Change' Recap

Victoria and Albert on tour, so to speak. (Photo: Courtesy of ITV Plc)

Previously on Victoria: The queen and her new husband return from their honeymoon, where they’ve discovered they quite enjoy being married. So much so, that Victoria would also like to discover how to not get pregnant just yet. (She wants children, of course – just, not right now.) Unfortunately, Lehzen gives her completely ridiculous advice on the subject.  Albert struggles to find something to give his new life in England purpose, while Victoria does her best to get him the respect her deserves from her court.  

This week’s episode is quiet, but generally charming, and for all that Victoria and Albert may not exactly be a sweeping romance, they’re becoming a pretty great partnership. And that may be a better thing, in the end. 

British True Love Stories

From John Keats and Fanny Brawne to Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde, British history is full of beautfully heartbreaking love stories.

Read on as we explore a few of the couples who loved despite the obstacles and whose stories have been immortalized on the big screen.

'Victoria' Season 1: The Queen's Husband' Recap

Victoria and Albert out on a stroll. (Photo: Courtesy of ITV Plc)

Previously, on Victoria: Victoria and Albert tell everyone about their engagement. The queen faces off with her ministers and Parliament itself about what Albert’s title might be, and how much of an allowance he’ll be allowed. The amount ends up being less than he wants, and Albert frets that he’ll be dependent on Victoria for everything. Despite several setbacks, including everyone in the queen’s life explaining to her that aristocratic men tend to have mistresses after they’re married, Victoria and Albert’s wedding takes place. Victoria and Lord Melbourne say a rather heartfelt and heartbreaking goodbye, as he decides to go run the government from Brocket Hall. We’ll miss you, Lord M!

This week’s episode is much slower than last week’s, which is probably natural, after all that romantic excitement. 

'Victoria' Season 1: 'An Ordinary Woman' Recap

Victoria and Albert's wedding is lovely. (Photo: Courtesy of ITV Plc)

Previously, on Victoria: Prince Albert arrives in England and virtually overnight everyone Victoria knows is pushing the two of them to get married. Except for Lord Melbourne, obviously, who is busy being sad because he is basically doomed to love the queen from afar.  After a lot of that kind of flirting where two people are repeatedly rude to each other to indicate their interest and that’s declared romantic, Victoria proposes to Albert. Lord M decides its time to hang it up as a politician. And the queen’s hairdresser Skerett has a stolen identity and some kind of secret life going on.

This week, we’re barreling toward Victoria and Albert’s wedding. Since we know these crazy kids are going to get there in the end, what can we expect along the way? 

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