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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.”

Watch: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Lily James in New BBC 'War and Peace' Adaptation

Lily James (and her amazing outfits) star in the BBC's new "War and Peace". (Photo: BBC)

If you’re a fan of especially elaborate period dramas – or possibly just had to take a lot of English classes in college – you’re going to be pretty excited about this news.

The BBC is set to release a new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel War and Peace, and the event series is being described as “one of the most ambitious” ever produced for the corporation.

First Look at Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria in ITV’s New Drama

Earlier this Fall, Jenna Coleman announced that she was – for real this time – leaving Doctor Who. The reason that she’d decided to hang up her TARDIS key turned out to be a pretty good one –she’d been cast as the lead in ITV’s lavish eight-part drama based on the life of Queen Victoria.

The series – titled simply Victoria – will focus on the early life of the Queen, from her ascension to the throne at the age of 18, through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years – Queen Elizabeth II just broke her record as longest-serving British monarch this past September – so there’s plenty of fodder for future seasons should the show prove itself successful. (Personally, I’d be so into this, so I hope that’s exactly what happens.)

Now Rufus Sewell (Zen, The Man in the High Castle) has officially joined the cast as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first Prime Minister. The two immediately connected and their close friendship became a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilize the Government, angering both Tory and Whigs alike.

Watch: The Trailer for the 'Sherlock' Special is Here!

Finally, the moment has arrived – the full trailer for the upcoming Sherlock special is here!

And, for those of us who’ve been waiting almost two years for anything featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, this is basically water in the desert. This could be the worst trailer in the world, and it probably wouldn’t matter, because we’re all so desperate for new material.

So it’s probably a good thing that the new trailer is fantastic then.

First Look at ‘Inspector Lewis’ Season 9

Despite a bit of back and forth that occasionally seemed to leave the future of the popular mystery series in doubt, Inspector Lewis is returning for a ninth season. Stars Kevin Whatley and Laurence Fox are back as Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway, alongside Angela Griffith as DS Lizzie Maddox.

The slate of six new episodes – which will be retaining the one-hour format, two-part mystery first used in Season 7 – marks yet another chapter in the occasionally confusing history of Lewis, itself a spinoff of popular drama Inspector Morse. Lewis seemingly wrapped up its run back in 2013, when star Whatley wanted to pursue other projects or possibly just take a break from a character he portrayed for something like 20 years. (They even gave Lewis a happy, looking off into the sunset with a beer ending. Things seemed pretty done.)

But, happily, the show returned for something of a surprise eighth season in 2014 and was renewed for Season 9 back in April. Huzzah!

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