Patrick Melrose Trailer Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Sky has released a first look trailer for Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in a harrowing yet hilarious adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn which will air later this year.

Patrick Melrose (Benedict Cumberbatch) is an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy, who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father (Hugo Weaving) and a mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who tacitly condoned the behaviour. Anna Madeley will play his wife.

The series will skewer the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse, and ultimately, towards recovery.

Devoting an hour to each of the five Patrick Melrose novels, each episode is set over the course of a few intense days in the life of the protagonist, including the South of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000s.

The star-studded 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).