The Child in Time

Synopsis: The life of a children's book author is turned upside down when his daughter goes missing.
Genre: Drama
90 min

Sir, do you want me

to stay with you? Sir?

Er, no. No, thank you.

Once we get to your home,

I'll give it 15 minutes,

- then I'll follow you inside.

- Yeah.


You took your time, didn't you?

I was about to send out a search party.

- Where is she?

- She was there.

She was there.

Stephen, where is she?

She was just there.

She was right there...

- What do you mean?!

- VOICE BREAKING: I don't know.

What do you mean?! Where is she?!

Where is she now?!

Oh, erm, I hope you

don't mind me saying,

but you're telling the

world you're not at home.

Your note.

People see your note

and they know you're out.

- People?

- I'm just saying, why advertise you're out?

Fucking because.


Well, just keep going, ploughing on.

Write reams of the stuff,

if you feel the need,

cos, hey, your editor will edit.

Look, trust me, Stephen,

there are hundreds of

thousands of children out there,

they're all eagerly waiting the

next Stephen Lewis masterpiece.

I wish.

It's true, you know

it is. Myself included.

That's excellent, Paul, thank you.

But what I don't want

you to be doing, right,

is sitting there with your thumb

up your arse, waiting for the muse.

- I'm having the duck.

- Yep, me too,

and a fizzy water please, Paul.

I feel like getting drunk.

I'm afraid I can't, but

don't let that stop you.

- Work?

- Reading and, er, an early night.

I'll have a good drink

with you, Stephen.

Thank you, Thelma.

So how's the, er... how's the

committee work progressing?

It's fine.

You managing to stay awake?

I am riveted.

Drop it, if it's not for you.

Although, you are the poster boy.

Not really.

Believe me, when the brave new

report is finally published,

they are going to

trumpet your involvement.

- Minimal involvement.

- Well, then drop it.

I only asked you to

get you out of yourself.

Erm, you should also know that

I'm... I'm leaving the government.

And my side-line in

publishing. So there.

- Why would you want to do that?

- Retiring.


To the countryside.

It's, erm, something we've been

wrestling with for some time.

Decision's made.

Well, I don't mind you

giving up running the country,

but why the books? Why me?

20 years of 18-hour days have

made Charles a very dull boy.

But you adore 18-hour days.

He hasn't even told the

Prime Minister yet...


-... you're very privileged.

Sorry. I really do have to

take this. It's New York.


Yep, all right, ten seconds

while I find some privacy.

He really does need to stop everything.

- He's not ill, is he?

- No.

He's just tired, that's all.

Of being Charles, of being responsible.

You can visit, you know.

We're not leaving the country.

Yeah, but who's going to look after me?

Who's going to take me out for nice

expensive dinners and get me drunk?

You'll have to find another companion.

Perhaps the person who asks me

on a weekly basis how you are.

You talk to Julie every week?

You should go and see her.

I'm waiting for the invitation.

Maybe she's waiting for a call.

Or are you planning on avoiding

each other till the end of days?

Call her.

Hey. Don't look now, but the table

behind are having jam-roly-poly.

Ooh! I said not to look! I'm having it.

- How was New York?

- Rude.

Yeah, very rude. No longer my problem.

To another life.

I'll drink to that.

Tight hold.

Now you're not too warm

in that jacket, are you?

No, not really. No?

Good. Silly Daddy thought

it was going to rain.

Please, Daddy, can we go fast?

How fast? Very, very fast?

- Yes.

- Stupidly, ridiculously, illegally fast?

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