Benedict Cumberbatch plays a children's writer whose daughter vanishes on a shopping trip in The Child in Time, in Sunday night's BBC 1 adaptation of Ian McEwan's best-selling novel.

It is the latest in a number of new McEwan adaptations following Dominic Cooke’s film of the author's novella, On Chesil Beach, which will be shown at the London film festival next month before a general release next year.

The Richard Eyre-directed The Children Act adapts the recent McEwan novel of the same name. Starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead, the much-anticipated movie will also be released next year.  

In a story replete with drama and moral consequences, a High Court judge is asked to rule in the case of a minor refusing to undergo a life-saving blood transfusion for religious reasons.

The Booker Prize-winning Ian McEwan - he won the award for Amsterdam in 1998 - is more prolific as a writer of screenplays than any other Booker prize winner apart from Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. In addition to taking the literary prize in 1975 for Heat and Dust, she won two Oscars for her work on films from the Merchant Ivory stable.

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