Based on the quintet of novels by Edward St Aubyn and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the Patrick Melrose series airs each Sunday until the finale on 10 June 2018 on Sky Atlantic and TV streaming service NOW TV. Here’s what we know about the series so far.
Sweeping through the South of France in the 60s, New York in the 80s and Britain in the early 2000s, Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels track their protagonist’s journey from a deeply traumatic childhood to middle age, with searing wit and deep humanity.
Each of the one hour episodes in the five-part series is devoted to one of the five Patrick Melrose novels.
What is Patrick Melrose about?
Each episode of Patrick Melrose is devoted to one of the novels in Edward St Aubyn’s series (Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk and At Last). Episode one opens as the twenty something Patrick flies to New York to collect his father’s ashes, and goes on to spend a drug-crazed 24 hours in the city. Episode two, set in the South of France in the 60s, takes place in the family’s chateau where the sadistic and terrifying David Melrose (Hugo Weaving) dominates the lives of his son Patrick and his rich and unhappy American mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Episode three offers a sober and clean Patrick the possibility of recovery, and episode four shows the now-married Patrick as a father, struggling with child rearing, adultery and his mother's desire for assisted suicide. Finally, in episode five Patrick tries to solve the puzzle of his parents, and gropes towards tentative recovery.
We have published two paperback tie-in editions of the Patrick Melrose books to coincide with the release of the show on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV:
Volume One of Patrick Melrose includes books one to three in the quintet: Never Mind, Bad News and Some Hope.
Volume Two of Patrick Melrose includes books four to five in the quintet: Mother's Milk and At Last.
The series has been written by BAFTA Award nominee David Nicholls and directed by Edward Berger. Each era has been recreated with a distinct visual style, creating a unique sense of time and place for each episode.
In the first trailer for the series we are introduced to Melrose (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his harrowing yet hilarious journey.
When is Patrick Melrose on tv?
The first episode of Patrick Melrose premiered on 13 May 2018 on Sky Atlantic, with the following episodes in the five-part, one-hour series airing at 9pm each Sunday until the finale on 10 June 2018. Episodes will also be available to stream on NOW TV.
Who stars in Patrick Melrose?
The star-studded cast for the series is led by Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role (who is also an Executive Producer) and Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving who play Patrick Melrose’s parents in episodes two. The cast also includes 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).
Who has produced the series?
Patrick Melrose is executive produced by Michael Jackson, and Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe®-winning producer Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball, Grey Gardens). Jackson, the former Channel Four and IAC executive, recently formed the drama banner Two Cities Television. Along with Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland who executive produce for SunnyMarch, Helen Flint executive produces for Little Island Productions.
Who wrote the Patrick Melrose novels?
Author and journalist Edward St Aubyn was born in London in 1960. His superbly acclaimed Melrose novels are Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope Mother's Milk (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006) and At Last. He is also the author of the novels A Clue to the Exit, On the Edge and Lost for Words.
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