The first episode of the five part Sky Original Production, Patrick Melrose, will be available on demand from Sunday 13 May 2018 and air at 9pm that day on Sky Atlantic and TV streaming service NOW TV.
Based on the acclaimed semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn, the drama follows the harrowing yet hilarious journey of Melrose, played by Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Sherlock), in a true television saga that sweeps through the South of France in the 60s, New York in the 80s and Britain in the early 2000s.
From Sky Atlantic and SHOWTIME®, each episode of the drama is devoted to one of the five Patrick Melrose novels, and skewers the upper class as it tracks its protagonist’s outrageous journey, from a deeply traumatic childhood through to adult substance abuse and, ultimately, towards recovery. The Patrick Melrose saga is subversive, savage and above all funny.
The star-studded cast also includes Hugo Weaving (The Matrix trilogy), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), 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).
BAFTA Award nominee David Nicholls (Far from the Madding Crowd, One Day) has written all five episodes of the television adaptation. Director Edward Berger (Deutschland 83, Jack) has brilliantly recreated each era, with a unique visual style for each episode.
Watch the preview trailer of Patrick Melrose here.
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The first episode from the five part series, Patrick Melrose, will be available on demand from Sunday 13 May and broadcast later that evening at 9pm exclusively on Sky Atlantic and TV streaming service NOW TV. It will also simulcast with SHOWTIME® at 2am that morning.
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All imagery for Patrick Melrose can be found on the Sky Asset portal SEAC: seac.bskyb.com
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. It will be the company’s first production. Along with Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland who executive produce for SunnyMarch, Helen Flint executive produces for Little Island Productions.
The international distribution rights for Patrick Melrose will be handled by Sky Vision, Sky’s international production and distribution arm.
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