Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game
) stars as Patrick Melrose, an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy, who struggles to overcome a deeply traumatic childhood, adult substance abuse, and the challenges of seeking recovery and redemption. Based on the acclaimed series of novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, each episode is devoted to one of the five novels, as the series gleefully skewers the British upper class. 5 episodes, 5 hrs, 2 DVDs or Blu-ray discs. Mature audiences.
Episode. 1: Bad News
1982: While in the grip of an all-consuming heroin addiction, Patrick flies from London to New York to collect his father's ashes. Despite assuring his friends that he will detox during the trip, Patrick indulges in a cocktail of drugs and alcohol in an attempt to suppress his past.
Episode. 2: Never Mind
1967: The Melroses are hosting a dinner party for their friends in their chateau in the south of France. Then eight-year-old Patrick's world is turned upside down after he endures a traumatic event that will cloud his life forever.
Episode. 3: Some Hope
1990: Patrick, now 31, is clean and practicing law. The invitation to a high-society event in the Cotswolds allows him to see this decadent world through sober eyes for the first time, and he comes one step closer to resolving his troubled childhood.
Episode. 4: Mother's Milk
2003: Patrick is now 44 and married to Mary, with two sons. Although he's off the heroin, Patrick is still struggling with substance abuse when his ill mother drops a bombshell, and the Melrose family returns to London to face the future.
Episode. 5: At Last
2005: Patrick's lifelong wish comes true with mixed results, as he tries to put the ghosts of the past to rest.
Run Time: 5 hours
Number of discs: 2
Foreign Language Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Audio Format: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Disclaimer: contains strong language, violence, drug use, nudity, sexual situations, and disturbing images
Benedict Cumberbatch (Avengers films), Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings films), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Pip Torrens (The Crown), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Holliday Grainger (The Borgias), Anna Madeley (Mr Selfridge), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Allison Williams (Girls)
"A superb cinematic adaptation…Cumberbatch's best performance ever" — Indiewire
"Incredible performances…truly engaging miniseries" — The Hollywood Reporter
"The best show on TV you're not watching…riveting" — Forbes
"Fantastically funny as well as deeply tragic, Cumberbatch is perfectly cast" — Radio Times (UK)
"Impressive…captivating" — The Washington Post
"Beautifully acted by an exceptional cast" — CNN
"Near-flawless" — The New Yorker
"A darkly comic indictment of Britain's upper class" — Vanity Fair
Nominated for 5 Emmys 2018:
• Outstanding Limited Series
• Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series
• Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series
• Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series
• Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series