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Benedict Cumberbatch reveals why Patrick Melrose role was on his bucket list (Video + Interview)

Benedict Cumberbatch reveals why Patrick Melrose role was on his bucket list (Video + Interview)

A new interview with Benedict about Patrick Melrose, which debuts on Showtime on May 12.

There was only one role on Benedict Cumberbatch’s bucket list that he’d yet to play: Patrick Melrose.

Now the actor can check that off of his list too. The Emmy-winning Sherlock star is returning to TV in Showtime’s wild five-part series Patrick Melrose, based on the novels of Edward St. Aubyn. The series follows Patrick’s rollercoaster life, tracking his search for identity, struggles with addiction, and trauma from his father’s abuse when he was a small child.

“It’s a man on the brink of collapsing into himself in an episode of drug-fueled paranoid schizophrenia,” Cumberbatch says in a new behind-the-scenes video for the show, which EW can exclusively debut. “[The show explores] epic, epic themes on family, class, the brutality of both, and the tender possibilities of love in both, as well as damage.”

Cumberbatch leans into St. Aubyn’s funny streak, giving the series a jubilantly comic edge, while not shying away from the darker side of things either. “There’s a lot of cruel wit” in the series, Cumberbatch’s costar Jennifer Jason Leigh teases.

For more on what to expect from Patrick Melrose, watch the video above, which also features more of the show’s cast and crew. Patrick Melrose premieres Saturday, May 12, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Patrick Melrose gets a premiere date + new clip

Showtime has set Saturday, May 12, 9 PM for the premiere of its five-part limited series Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and has released a first-look clip. With the date, the premium cabler also is planting its scripted flag on Saturday nights, as it prepares to expand to a new night of original programming. Patrick Melrose will join Saturday’s existing sports and movie offerings.

“As the size of our programming slate continues to grow, it makes sense for Showtime to offer another night of premieres – allowing us the opportunity to eventize series like Patrick Melrose” said David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks. “Offering original content on Saturdays not only enables us to fully service our subscribers with diverse offerings, it gives viewers enough time to enjoy them all. And a series with the ambition and quality of Patrick Melrose is the perfect place to start.”

Cumberbatch, who also executive produces the series, plays the titular character who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned his behavior. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving also star as Patrick Melrose’s parents. Anna Madeley, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma and Celia Imrie round out the cast.

Each episode, devoted to one of the five semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St Aubyn, is written for television by David Nicholls (Far from the Madding Crowd, One Day) and directed by Edward Berger (Deutchland 83, Jack).

Patrick Melrose is a co-production between Showtime and Sky Atlantic.

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Winter TCA: Patrick Melrose gets trailer

Winter TCA: Patrick Melrose gets trailer

During the Showtime’s day at the Winter TCA Press Tour, a panel was held with executive producers and actors from Patrick Melrose. Benedict unfortunately couldn’t be present because he’s still shooting scenes from the Avengers’ untitled movie. However, he was live from Atlanta to discuss his new show with the television critics who were present at the event.

A extended trailer was released, and you can watch below:

During the panel, Benedict explained what drew him to the title role of “Patrick Melrose”

“They are the most extraordinary prose,” Cumberbatch said via satellite. “[Edward St. Aubyn is] one of the most, if not the most, extraordinary modern prose stylists working in the English language.”

“At its heart the subject matter took something–a world I thought I knew and turned it on its head through the perspective of this really unique character who suffers so much and goes on this extraordinary journey,” he continued. “From victim to survivor to champion of his circumstance in a way and via the most richly comic, scalpel-like post-mortem of a class system that is crumbling and the power related to that dissolves as the stories continue.”

Benedict Cumberbatch to Lead New Showtime Series Melrose

Today, Showtime Networks announced the pickup of the five-part limited series Melrose, starring and executive produced by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Sherlock). BAFTA Award nominee David Nicholls (Far From the Madding Crowd, One Day) is writing all five episodes of the television adaptation. Based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, Melrose hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery. A co-production between Showtime and Sky Atlantic, the limited series will begin shooting in New York, London and the South of France in August. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc.

In a tour de force role, Cumberbatch will play Melrose, an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior. Asked in 2013 if he could play any literary character ever, Cumberbatch shared in a Reddit Q&A that it would be Patrick Melrose. The limited series will be a true television saga, both gripping and humorous from Nicholls’ adaptation, with a dramatic sweep that encompasses the South of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000’s. Melrose will devote one hour to each of the five novels, with each episode set over the course of a few intense days in the life of the protagonist.

“We are delighted to be part of this incredible series,” said Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland. “We have been huge fans of these books for many years and David Nicholls adaptations are extraordinary.”

Michael Jackson and Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning producer Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball, Grey Gardens) also serve as executive producers. Jackson, the former Channel Four and IAC executive, recently formed the drama banner Two Cities Television. Melrose will be the company’s first production. Along with Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland will executive produce for SunnyMarch.

“I’ve been a huge admirer of Edward St Aubyn’s novels for years, and can’t wait to bring these dark, witty, brilliant books to the screen,” said David Nicholls. “Benedict is the perfect Patrick Melrose.”

Said Horovitz and Jackson, “Edward St. Aubyn’s book series is one of the great works of fiction of the last thirty years. It’s a privilege to bring them to television with the person who was born to play this remarkable, compelling character.”

Cumberbatch has been nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his role as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, winning the honor in 2014. He also received Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, British Independent Film Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in 2015 for The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch’s other top roles include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County and Doctor Strange. In 2015, he played the title role in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Barbican Theatre.

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