First look at Benedict Cumberbatch in new Sky Atlantic drama Melrose

The Sherlock star is fronting the new series based on the books by Edward St Aubyn

Melrose publicity pic, Sky, BD

Here is the first look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Melrose, the new Sky Atlantic mini-series based on the Edward St Aubyn novels.

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Cumberbatch plays Patrick Melrose, “an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy” who turns to substance abuse to erase bad childhood memories of his abusive father and a mother who tacitly condoned the behaviour.

St Aubyn’s Melrose novels – including the Man Booker Prize-winning Mother’s Milk – are an acclaimed semi-autobiographical series of books.

Each episode of the five-part series will be based on a different book and will take place over a few intense days in Melrose’s life, from the south of France in the 60s via 80s New York to early-2000s Britain.

One Day author David Nicholls has written all five episodes.

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Cumberbatch previously said of the series: “We are delighted to be part of this incredible series. We have been huge fans of these books for many years and David Nicholls’ adaptations are extraordinary.”

It will air in 2018.