Magazine article Screen International

Sky Atlantic, Showtime Order Benedict Cumberbatch Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Sky Atlantic, Showtime Order Benedict Cumberbatch Drama

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Alex Graham and Michael Jackson's indie has scored its debut order - a five-part drama for Sky Atlantic and US network Showtime starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The two broadcasters ordered Melrose from Two Cities Television, the BBC Worldwide-backed indie set up by the pair last year in association with Cumberbatch's Studiocanal-owned indie SunnyMarch.

The show is based on Edward St. Aubyn's novels featuring aristocratic playboy Patrick Melrose, who will be played by the Sherlock star.

Written by One Day author David Nicholls, the drama charts Melrose's deeply traumatic childhood, issues with alcoholism, heroin addiction, recovery, marriage and parenthood.

Each episode of the 5 x 60-minute drama will be based on one St. Aubyn novel and will be set in the south of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000s. …

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