Melrose – First Teaser Trailer released

Sky Atlantic have released the first teaser trailer for Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch and adapted from the novels of Edward St Aubyn.

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 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 behaviour.

Melrose is coming in 2018 and you can see the first trailer below

Charity Round Up

As followers of Benedict Cumberbatch will know he’s always been an enthusiastic supporter of lots of different charities and there are a few charitable endeavours at the moment you can help with.

Children in Need has two auctions currently on-going for signed headshots of Benedict – Headshot one  and Headshot Two – These end in two days

Small Steps Project who do incredible work supporting children and families who live on rubbish dumps are auctioning a pair of bespoke Stan Smith trainers created for Benedict Cumberbatch. He has signed each shoe. The shoes have not yet made their reserve and the auction ends on Tuesday. Hopefully someone wants to take them home?

Anno’s Africa are selling Christmas Cards designed by Benedict Cumberbatch which you can buy here

Small Steps Project and Refugee Support Network who benefitted from Benedict’s 40th fundraiser are taking part in The Big Give 

The Big Give will double the donation of any sum given to the participating charities between midday on Tuesday 28th November and midday on Tuesday 5th December.

Buy Christmas cards designed by Benedict!

The Christmas season will soon be upon us and this year Anno’s Africa are offering people the opportunity to buy Christmas cards designed by Benedict Cumberbatch!

Anno’s Africa are an organisation which aim to provide an alternative arts education to children in Africa, teaching them vital skills which will assist them in finding paid work and allowing them creative opportunities which would otherwise be beyond them.

You can buy the cards here. They will ship internationally but please do click on the correct part of the page. Why not team up with your friends to reduce shipping costs?

Benedict’s art is always very popular and has previously only really been available at high prices at auction and this is a fun way to own a piece designed by him and do some real good this Christmas.

Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Gypsy Boy

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in Gypsy Boy – an adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s best selling memoirs. Benedict will play Mikey’s father – a boxer and a member of the last generation of the Romany Gypsy people.

Benedict stated: I was immediately drawn to Mikey’s courageous and heart-breaking story. And his father Frank is unlike any character I’ve played before,” Cumberbatch said in a statement. “He’s a complex man torn between tradition and his love for a son struggling to come to terms with an identity that’s completely at odds with Frank and his culture.

Gypsy Boy is set to go into production next summer. It will be directed by Morgan Matthews (X+Y) and adapted by James Graham (who wrote the brilliant play This House).

The Current War Trailer

The trailer for Benedict’s new film The Current War has just been released. Benedict plays Edison opposite Michael Shannon. The film is set for a limited release in the US in late November.