Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose coming to TV - what we know so far

10 January 2018


Based on the quintet of novels by Edward St Aubyn and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Jason Leigh, Patrick Melrose will launch on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV later in 2018. 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 will be 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). From abuse to addiction, 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. 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.

The Patrick Melrose Novels

The Patrick Melrose Novels

Read the Patrick Melrose novels before the Sky Atlantic series airs later this year with this omnibus of the quintet.

This collected volume includes all five of Edward St Aubyn's acclaimed novels, on which the series is based. 

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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.

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).

When is Patrick Melrose on tv?

Sky Atlantic are yet to confirm an exact date when we can watch the series, but it is currently scheduled to air and be released on NOW TV for streaming in Summer 2018. 

Who wrote the Patrick Melrose novels?

Author and journalise 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. 

Image copyright: Sky Atlantic 

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