Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Melrose for Showtime/Sky Atlantic

Benedict Cumberbatch will be starring as Patrick Melrose in Melrose – a new 5 part series for Showtime and Sky Atlantic based on the novels by Edward St.Aubyn. David Nicholls will be writing all 5 episodes. Benedict will executive produce via his company SunnyMarch TV.

Melrose 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. Cumberbatch’s Patrick Melrose is an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behaviour. Each episode will follow one of the five novels, and take place over the course of a few intense days in the life of the protagonist. The settings range from the South of France in the 1960s to New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000.

The limited series will begin shooting in New York, London and the South of France in August.

Benedict has mentioned wanting to appear in a series based on the novels for several years so it’s exciting to see his dream come true!

If you’d like to catch up with the novels you can buy the set on kindle on Amazon

Melrose is the second literary adaptation Benedict has signed up for recently. He will also be starring in The Child in Time based on the Ian McEwan book.