BBC Two will tonight screen The Children Act, the 2017 movie starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.
The film is based on the book of the same name, written by Ian McEwan. The story follows High Court Judge Fiona Maye, who’s marriage to Jack founders because of her dedication to her job. Judge Maye is given the case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness who refuses to undergo a blood transfusion for leukaemia that could save his life. Her decision is to have a profound impact on both of their lives.
Is The Children Act based on a true story?
Yes, despite differences, The Children Act is based on a real case from the early 90’s, whereby McEwan’s friend, Family Court judge Sir Alan Ward proceeded. A number of details are changed for the book but fundamentally, the story of how the act came into effect is true.
Thompson won critical acclaim for the film, which was praised for its sensitivity to the case.
Watch The Children Act tonight at 9pm on BBC Two or stream it on demand via BBC iPlayer.