Cumberbatch drama splits audience

Image caption Cumberbatch performed alongside Kelly Macdonald in the 90 -minute drama

A BBC One drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a gentleman whose daughter goes missing has had a mixed acknowledgment – with one viewer calling it the “worst episode of Sherlock ever”.

The Guardian described The Child in Time as “a deeply altering description of loss”, while the Telegraph applauded “a reinforcing floor of private pain”.

But viewers were less impressed by the adjustment of Ian McEwan’s 1987 novel.

Some said the non-linear narrative was simply too confusing.

“Did anyone else get lost in the supermarket with Kate or was it just me? ” one spectator, Laura, asked on Twitter.