Showtime’s teasing Benedict Cumberbatch fans with a new one minute trailer for Patrick Melrose along with a new poster that features the Oscar nominated actor. The five-part limited series is based on Edward St. Aubyn’s semi-autobiographical novels, with each episode in the series representing one of the five books.
In addition to Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, The Imitation Game), the cast includes Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Screen Actors Guild winner Hugo Weaving (The Matrix trilogy), Anna Madeley (The Crown), Blythe Danner (Meet the Fockers), Allison Williams (Get Out), Pip Torrens (The Crown), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster), Holliday Grainger (The Borgias, Bonnie & Clyde), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), and Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Baby).
BAFTA Award nominee David Nicholls (Far from the Madding Crowd, One Day) adapted Edward St. Aubyn’s novels for the series. The limited series was directed by Edward Berger (Deutchland 83, Jack).
Patrick Melrose is executive produced by Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Jackson, Helen Flint, Adam Ackland, and Rachael Horovitz. The series is a Showtime and Sky Atlantic co-production.
Showtime has set a Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT premiere date.
“As the size of our programming slate continues to grow, it makes sense for Showtime to offer another night of premieres – allowing us the opportunity to eventize series like Patrick Melrose,” stated David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “Offering original content on Saturdays not only enables us to fully service our subscribers with diverse offerings, it gives viewers enough time to enjoy them all. And a series with the ambition and quality of Patrick Melrose is the perfect place to start.”
The Plot: This five-part limited series hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery. In a tour de force role, Cumberbatch plays the titular character who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior.