Showtime has released the official trailer for its upcoming original limited series Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the leading role.
Based on Edward St. Aubyn’s five semi-autobiographical novels that form The Patrick Melrose Novels (Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk, and At Last), the mini-series follows the protagonist as he struggles to deal with the damaging effects his abusive father’s behavior had on him as a child and with his alcohol and heroin addiction as an adult. Described as a “gripping and humorous saga”, the show encompasses the South of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000s, and tracks Melrose’s journey toward recovery, covering also his issues with marriage and parenthood.
The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anna Madeley, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Jessica Raine, Pip Torrens, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Indira Varma, Holliday Grainger, and Celia Imrie.
The song used in the trailer is the rock song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” first performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) for the 1974 album “Not Fragile”.
The five-part series, written for television by David Nicholls and directed by Edward Berger, will be “coming soon” to Showtime, as the trailer reveals.