Based on the Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn.
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...  Patrick Melrose 5 episodes, 2018
...  Eleanor Melrose 5 episodes, 2018
...  Young Patrick Melrose 5 episodes, 2018
...  Julia 5 episodes, 2018
...  David Melrose 5 episodes, 2018
...  Johnny Hall 4 episodes, 2018
...  Nicholas Pratt 4 episodes, 2018
...  Cousin Mary / ... 3 episodes, 2018
...  Anne Moore 3 episodes, 2018
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This five-part limited series based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn, tracks Patrick Melrose (Benedict Cumberbatch) from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France, through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and, ultimately, toward recovery back home in Britain.

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12 May 2018 (USA)  »

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Both Hugo Weaving and Benedict Cumberbatch are cast in the MCU as Red Skull and Doctor Strange. See more »

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Young Patrick Melrose, played by Sebastian Maltz, has dark brown eyes. Adult Patrick, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, has blue/green eyes. See more »

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If only it weren't so true
14 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

I've never read the books prior to seeing this piece of work. The idea of a person from such a well off background suffering seems almost alien, almost contemptible. Who, as someone so fortunate can make themselves feel so small when those who have so little can be happy. It is this very dilemma which made me want to dislike the show. And yet, I found this episode, and hopefully the rest extremely touching. If you've ever had trouble with drugs or self-loathing you cannot help but feel the humanity and truth in the work. This work transcends class, the part where Melrose looks content after shooting up, staring aimlessly into the world is so understandable and relatable you can't help but feel compassion and emotion. If you've ever been high or on drugs and looked out to the world while sitting in your bed while content, you'll understand what it is like to be Melrose, that feeling is forever it seems. Yet, when you wake up, the fleeting happiness you felt dispels and you feel the sad self loathing of existence;the tomorrow.

Cumberbatch performs incredibly in capturing the second-guessing inner monologue of someone overwhelmed with emotions. His charisma and ability to act vividly using facial ques and ticks makes this work what it is, yes, the writing is fantastic, but the life Cumberbatch brings to those words is what makes it unique.


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