Oh Yes! I found a new potentially addictive mini-series
Say hello to Patrick Melrose. The titular character in the latest five-part drama from Sky Atlantic and SHOWTIME. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose is actually based on the acclaimed semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn.
Each episode is devoted to one of the five Patrick Melrose novels and it covers many things about Patrick and his self-destructive character brought on by the upper crust yet distant and cold childhood, traumas caused by his father (Hugo Weaving) and his American mother who is equally rich, miserable and emotionally icy.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alison Williams, Anna Madeley, Blythe Danner, Holliday Grainger are in the rest of the star studded cast of Patrick Melrose, and the series will arrive on air, later this year.
Official synopsis for Patrick Melrose:
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.
Check out the first trailer here.