TRAILER: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch as alcoholic aristocratic playboy Patrick Melrose
Benedict Cumberbatch plays alcoholic aristocratic playboy Patrick Melrose in a new trailer for the upcoming Sky Atlantic series.
The series, which is scheduled for later this year, will star Cumberbatch in the titular role. It’s based on the semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn, which feature a troubled young man’s journey through life in the latter half of the twentieth century. From Melrose’s traumatic childhood to an adulthood marred by substance abuse, the series examines the dirty laundry of the upper class in a hilariously honest and brutal tale.
In the new trailer, we’re introduced to Melrose and his issues with Cumberbatch’s trademark verbal dexterity.
Patrick Melrose is a new five-part drama for Sky Atlantic, which will focus on each of the five Patrick Melrose novels. Episode one begins in New York, before flying to the South of France for episode two. The series covers Melrose’s drug-addled youth, his recovery and his struggle to cope with the challenges of adulthood.
The series also stars Anna Madeley (The Crown), Blythe Danner (Meet the Fockers), Allison Williams (Girls), Pip Torrens (The Crown), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster), Holliday Grainger (Strike), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) and Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Baby).