Patrick Melrose: Season 1

Patrick Melrose: Season 1

Patrick Melrose: Season 1

Academy Award-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch leads this limited series adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn's novels following a substance abuser's journey from traumatic childhood to eventual recovery.

2018Rating: MUSA
ComedyDrama

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EPISODE 1.1

Bad News

In the grip of his addictions, Patrick Melrose must fly to New York to collect his father’s ashes. Over the course of a lost Manhattan weekend, Patrick’s remorseless search for satisfaction, haunted by old acquaintances... MORE and insistent inner voices, sends him into a nightmarish spiral, including a disastrous date with the girl of his dreams. Alone in his hotel room later that night, he pushes body and mind to the very edge – desperate to stay one step ahead of his rapidly encroaching past.

EPISODE 1.2

Never Mind

At the Melrose family’s glorious house in the South of France, young Patrick has the run of the magical grounds. His father David rules with cruelty and his mother Eleanor has retreated into self medication... MORE and booze. Bravely imaginative and self-sufficient out of necessity, 9-year-old Patrick encounters the volatile lives of adults with fear. They are expecting guests for the weekend, but this afternoon is profoundly unlike other summer days, and the shocking events that precede the guests’ arrival tear Patrick's world in two.

EPISODE 1.3

Some Hope

Patrick reluctantly agrees to go to his first big social event since recovering. Together with his good friend Johnny Hall, he attends a glittering party in the English countryside hosted by former hippie Bridget –... MORE now married, titled and miserable – and attended by Princess Margaret as well as a number of Patrick's old flames. Amid a crowd of social dragonflies, Patrick searches for redemption and capacity for forgiveness, while confronting his past in a myriad of ways.

EPISODE 1.4

Mother's Milk

Patrick is spending the summer at his old family home in France with his wife Mary and their two young sons. When Eleanor, now sober, announces her plan to leave the house to a New... MORE Age foundation instead of Patrick, he quickly falls off the wagon. As Patrick returns to his old self-destructive behavior, the fate of his marriage is seriously threatened.

EPISODE 1.5

At Last

Patrick confronts the past on the day of his mother's memorial service. Now truly clean and sober, he attempts to solve the puzzle of his mother’s complicity in his father’s abuse, as well as answer... MORE his father’s question, ‘What will you do with your life?’

Patrick Melrose: Season 1 / Reviews

Vulture

Vulture

[Benedict] Cumberbatch's performance is a standout.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A limited series can't only be about one man's performance, even if the actor does his part to earn the responsibility.

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CNN

CNN

Beautifully acted by an exceptional cast, and yet which won't be for everyone given its unrelentingly dour nature.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

The actor's calculatedness, known to fans of Sherlock, looks radically different as he counts the minutes, and even the seconds, until his next hit, or whiles away the hours after giving drugs up.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

[The first episode] was an audacious, risk-taking opener that bodes well for what's to come.

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The Age

The Age

[Benedict Cumberbatch] runs the gamut: cool, acerbic, brittle, erratic, self-destructive, needy and fragile.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

An adaptation enfolding fidelity and freshness, Patrick Melrose continues to hover close to perfection.

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