Showtime's Patrick Melrose — New Trailer

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added: Fri, Apr 6th '18

Showtime has released a brand-new trailer for the upcoming limited series "Patrick Melrose," starring Doctor Strange's Benedict Cumberbatch as a narcissistic alcoholic rich playboy.

Based on the best-selling semi-biographical novel series by English writer Edward St Aubyn, the five-part drama (each episode will depict each book, spanning over several decades) is a candid and empathetic character study of a self-destructive, suicidal boozer named Patrick Melrose (Cumberbatch) who grew up in an affluent, yet severely dysfunctional household with an abusive English father (Hugo Weaving) and a pill-addicted American mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh).

Written and executive produced by English writer David Nicholls (Starter for 10, One Day) and directed by German helmer Edward Berger (AMC's The Terror, Deutschland 83), the limited series also co-stars Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Anna Madeley, Holliday Grainger, and Prasanna Puwanarajah.

A co-production between UK's Sky Atlantic and USA's Showtime, "Patrick Melrose" is expected to be released globally next month, airing in the States on Saturday, May 12 on Showtime.

synopsis:
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   May 12, 2018 (on Showtime)

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