BBC viewers ‘bored to tears’ by ‘baffling’ drama The Child in Time starring Benedict Cumberbatch

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VIEWERS were struggling not to nod off during The Child In Time tonight, as they branded the highly-publicised feature-length BBC drama “boring” and “not as advertised”.

The one-off show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and based on an Ian McEwan novel, was labelled “poor”, “dire” and a “crock of s***” by disappointed viewers who flicked over to ITV’s Victoria a mere 30 minutes in.

Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch played grieving parents in ‘crock of s***’ drama The Child In Time
Benedict’s character lost his young daughter in the drama

In the drama, Sherlock star Cumberbatch played writer called Stephen whose life with his wife, played by Trainspotting’s Kelly Macdonald, was thrown into turmoil after his young daughter disappears in a supermarket.

But the viewers who weren’t bored stiff by the action were left “confused” by the jumping timeline and “disappointing” ending – with one viewer joking: “That’s 90 minutes I’ll never get back!”

The much-hyped drama was on at the same time as Victoria, Dragon’s Den and Channel 4’s excellent dystopian series Electric Dreams – offering viewers plenty of other options.

And take them they did as Twitter was awash with anger and confusion over the “pretentious old w***” being offered up on BBC One.

One furious viewer wrote: “WTF, none of it made sense. worst tv programme this year #ChildInTime.”

Another had a different complaint, writing: “There better be a car chase at some point….. bored to tears.”

Viewers were left with numb bums and bored brains

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A sneak peak at BBC’s The Child In Time starring Benedict Cumberbatch

And a third raged: “Can some bright spark please explain what just happened? I’ve just threw a cup of tea at the telly. #ChildInTime.”

Generally the show went down like a lead balloon with viewers, who’d been drawn in by the atmospheric trailer and promising cast.

There are many words to describe a child in time, compelling and riveting are not two of them. I think I’m going to have to give up. #bored.

— Rocksey (@rocksey) September 24, 2017

Benedict could not rescue the drama from a bashing

Watching Child in Time. I’ve gone from horrified to confused to bored in a very short space of time. When’s MOTD2 on?

— Duleep Allirajah (@DuleepOffside) September 24, 2017

#ChildInTime sorry @BBCOne I tried, I really did. But I’m done. What else is on?

— Claire Organ (@Clairelouo) September 24, 2017

Bored already. Might be time for Victoria. #TheChildInTime

— Dawn (@Dawnf1) September 24, 2017

@BBCOne just finished watching The Child In Time… what even was that ending?! There’s so many questions that need to be answered!!

— Brittany (@brittanywest8) September 24, 2017

I love Benedict Cumberbatch but wtf was that? Confused af. #ChildInTime

— Chloe ✌? (@chloee_1252) September 24, 2017

Forlorn telly addicts with time to spare need not despair, as they have plenty of options if they’re not interested in Benedict Cumberbatch-themed parenting trauma.


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