Emmy-winning “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch returned to TV in a big way on May 12 with a critically acclaimed performance in the title role of “Patrick Melrose.” This five-part adaptation of the bestselling series of books by Edward St. Aubyn concludes on June 9, just before TV academy voters start casting their Emmy Awards nominations ballots. Watch an extended video clip from the Showtime limited series above.
St. Aubyn’s quintet of novels — “Never Mind” (1992); “Bad News” (1994); “Some Hope” (1996) “Mother’s Milk” (2005) and “At Last” (2012) — was re-released as “The Patrick Melrose Novels” in 2012. The author adapted “Mother’s Milk,” which contended for the Booker prize, for a 2012 film version directed by Gerald Fox. “Smash” star Jack Davenport played the part.
Tackling the adaptation this time around is BAFTA-nominated David Nicholls. He crafted the 2015 film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy classic “Far From the Madding Crowd” that starred Carey Mulligan as well as the 2008 television version of “Tess of the D’ubervilles” that launched Eddie Redmayne‘s career. And handling the helming is Edward Berger (“Deutchland 83,” “Jack”).
This new lavish production traces the decline and fall of Melrose, from the hedonism of the French Riviera of the 1960s to the decadence of 1980s New York City to the Rule Britannia era of London in the first decade of this century. Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh and “Matrix” star Hugo Weaving play Patrick’s perverse parents.
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