Showtime's Patrick Melrose — Official Trailer


added: Sun, Jan 7th '18

"Doctor Strange" and "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch can be seen sporting a nifty eye patch and a terrible drunken demeanor in the newly released U.S. trailer for the Showtime limited series "Patrick Melrose," which is based on English writer Edward St Aubyn's semi-autobiographical book series.

Cumberbatch plays a self-destructive, alcoholic English playboy in this five-episode dramedy, which spans over several decades (from the 1960s to early 2000s) in the life of Patrick Melrose, a semi-fictional version of author St Aubyn, who was raised in a dysfunctional upper-class family with a sadistically abusive English father (played here by "Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings" actor Hugo Weaving) and a pill-popping American mother (played by Oscar-nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight").

English writer David Nicholls, who wrote the best-selling novels and the adapted screenplays for "Starter for 10" and "One Day" as well as penned the recent film adaptation of the classic novel "Far from the Madding Crowd," wrote and developed the five-part mini-series from Aubyn's five books (each episode will depict each book).

Featuring a strong supporting cast that includes the likes of Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Anna Madeley, Holliday Grainger, and Prasanna Puwanarajah, the series is directed by German helmer Edward Berger, who previously made the acclaimed Berlin Wall-era spy series "Deutschland 83."

"Patrick Melrose," which is a co-production between UK's Sky Atlantic and USA's Showtime, will be released globally later in the year.

Based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of novels written by Edward St. Aubyn and adapted by BAFTA award nominee David Nicholls (Far From the Madding Crowd, One Day), Melrose gleefully skewers the British upper class as it tracks the titular characters harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood, through adult substance abuse and ultimately, towards recovery and redemption.

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Sherlock) plays Patrick Melrose, an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy, who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father and a mother who tacitly condoned the behavior. A true television saga, Melrose is both gripping and humorous, with a dramatic sweep that encompasses the South of France in the 1960s, debauched 1980s New York and sober Britain in the early 2000s. Melrose will devote an hour to each of the five novels, with each episode storytelling a few complicated and intense days in Patrick's life.


directed by   Edward Berger

starring   Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anna Madeley, Allison Williams, Blythe Danner, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Celia Imrie

release date   2018

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