Airdate: Patrick Melrose

Acclaimed Benedict Cumberbatch miniseries will have its free to air premiere on ABC.

Acclaimed UK-US miniseries Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch will have its free to air premiere on ABC next month.

This also features Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams.

This screened on Pay TV in mid 2018.

Based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of novels written by Edward St. Aubyn and adapted by BAFTA award nominee David Nicholls (Far From the Madding Crowd, One Day), Melrose gleefully skewers the British upper class as it tracks the titular character’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood, through adult substance abuse and ultimately, towards recovery and redemption. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Sherlock) 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.

A true television saga, Patrick Melrose is both gripping and humorous, with a dramatic sweep that encompasses the South of France in the 1960s, debauched 1980’s New York and sober Britain in the early 2000s. Patrick Melrose devotes an hour to each of the five novels, with each episode storytelling a few complicated and intense days in Patrick’s life.

Nominated for five Emmy Awards 2018 categories including Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie.

Writer: David Nicholls
Director: Edward Berger
Executive Producers: Rachael Horovitz, Michael Jackson, Benedict, Adam, Helen Flint

Sundays 9.30pm on ABC from October 6.

One Response

  1. I loved this show when it was first aired and later bought the DVD in case it disappeared into the one-off archive. Certainly much better off shown on the ABC than elsewhere as its storyline is suited more for a mature audience. Great review from David Knox.

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