Patrick Melrose: Miniseries (2018)

Patrick Melrose

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Patrick Melrose is a scathing indictment of British high society's inherited dysfunction, cruelty, and the wealth that enables them. The Crown this ain't.



Critic Ratings: 68


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User Ratings: 1925

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Air date: May 12, 2018

Patrick flies to New York to collect his father's ashes.

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Air date: May 19, 2018

Patrick suffers at the Melrose family house.

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Air date: May 26, 2018

Patrick attends a fancy party in the English countryside.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2018

Patrick spends 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 Age foundation instead of Patrick, he quickly falls off the wagon. As Patrick returns to his old self-destructive behaviour, the fate of his marriage is seriously threatened.

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Air date: Jun 9, 2018

Clean and sober Patrick plans his mother's memorial service.

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Patrick Melrose (Benedict Cumberbatch) is the heir of a decadent and troubled aristocratic family, who had a traumatic childhood living with his abusive father David (Hugo Weaving) and mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who condoned his behavior. Spanning Patrick's early childhood in the South of France in the 1960s to his adult life in New York and London, the series follows the harrowing quest of a wounded man and his attempts at redemption and reconstruction. Based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn.

Cast & Crew

Holliday Grainger
Bridget Watson Scott
Benedict Cumberbatch
Patrick Melrose
Dainton Anderson
Thomas Melrose
Pip Torrens
Nicholas Pratt
Sebastian Maltz
Young Patrick Melrose
Indira Varma
Anne Moore
Dixie Egerickx
Allison Williams
Gary Beadle
Chilly Willy
Naoko Mori
Dr. Pagazzi
Jonjo O'Neill
Seamus Dourke
Michael Jackson
Executive Producer
Edward St. Aubyn
Writer (Novel)
Adam Ackland
Executive Producer
Benedict Cumberbatch
Executive Producer
Rachael Horovitz
Executive Producer
Helen Flint
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Patrick Melrose Miniseries

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (39)

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

May 14, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Brilliant performance by a great actor in a desperately grim story.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Parts of it are wickedly funny; other parts are searingly dramatic. But all of it is riveting, and excellent.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

None of these episodes are bad, but they lack the magic trick that is St. Aubyn's prose, replacing the books' singular mix of high style and bleak substance with the energetic familiarities of genre.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Patrick is like an upper crust Hunter S. Thompson, with a seemingly endless ability to ingest drugs and cope with the very surreal results.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Compared to the rosier portrayals of the British elite in The Crown, Patrick Melrose lacerates a class of people whom centuries of self-indulgence have calcified into callousness and toxic absurdity.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

English actor Benedict Cumberbatch portrays that tortured soul [Patrick Melrose] wonderfully. [Full review in Spanish]

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Cumberbatch is so alarmingly convincing in a wide range of drug-bonkers states - mind or body in meltdown, sometimes the two together - that you find yourself hoping against hope that he's not method acting.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Bracingly inventive... Profound and important.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Though [Benedict] Cumberbatch commands every frame like the ringmaster of a three-ring circus, there's not a lot of other acts going on at the circus.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Already conveying a great deal of emotional volatility, Patrick Melrose looks to be a devastating experience but a worthwhile one.

Oct 23, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Instead, in its grown-up way, the programme invites us to recognise that, while the many truths about Patrick often contradict each other, that doesn't make any of them any less true.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Patrick Melrose: Miniseries

  • Mar 31, 2021
    Seeing the totaly unfair audience score for this incredibe series was the catalyst to me signing up for a rotten tomatoes account. It's an insightful and riviting piece exploring the ways in which different people react to trauma and emotion. Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is incredible. I can not recommend this series highly enough for anyone with an interest in the human condition.
  • May 02, 2020
    I love this series, from start to finish, the excellent cast, cumberbatch looked like Melrose, the series is close to the novels, I think it is underrated.
  • Apr 27, 2020
    Fabulous. Get through the 1st 2 episodes, which are tough to watch... but the writing, cast and production values are absolutely stellar. Brendan Cumberbatch might be one of the best actors alive currently.
  • Apr 18, 2020
    I completely agree with the critics' 90% approval. Usually I run away from these kind of dramas. They are usually tear jerkers and stereotypes. But, this, was amazingly stark, realistic and penetrating. The storytelling was fantastic -- not forced, it just naturally came along. Loved the lizard and what it symbolized. It could not have been done without Benedict Cumberbatch's deep and moving performance. He brought the story to light. How wounded it was, and still he found the courage, twice, to move on. What a different British "elite" was portrayed here than in Downton Abbey. I very much recommend this miniseries.
  • Mar 31, 2020
    I'm a Cumberbatch junkie. I'll watch everything he's in because he never disappoints. All the actors are so interesting to watch. Love the British sarcasm. Keep this series going even though parts are difficult to watch due to subject matter.
  • Mar 14, 2020
    sorry, so ironic eh? not what I'd call a tour de force, more like a tour de barf
  • Jan 25, 2020
    Fantastic TV show! Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing!
  • Jan 06, 2020
    Those who voted a star or half star are just bots or people that can't stand the truth that this series shows. life isn't just happiness, this clearly shows that life is also full of suffering and plenty of hard times, but in order to live we have to get over it and evolve from our doomed past. And is excellent portrayed by Cumberbatch and this amazing cast. So sad this has very low audience rating, is one of the best series of the last few years
  • Dec 18, 2019
    One of the best shows I've seen in a long time. The acting is spectacular, specially Cumberbatch's.
  • Nov 27, 2019
    Well written and directed... Cumberbatch is Emmy worthy (and won) in this performance. The RT description compares this series unfairly to The Crown...this is better than the crown.

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