Patrick Melrose: Miniseries (2018)


Miniseries
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.

90%

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Critic Ratings: 68

44%

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User Ratings: 1946

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Air date: May 12, 2018

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 weekend, Patrick's search for satisfaction sends him into a nightmarish spiral.

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Air date: May 19, 2018

At the Melrose family's house in the South of France, young Patrick has the run of the magical grounds; while the family awaits the arrival of weekend guests, shocking events transpire that tear Patrick's world in two.

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Air date: May 26, 2018

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; while there, Patrick confronts his past in myriad ways.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2018

Patrick and his family visit his mother for the summer, but some unwelcome guests arrive.

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Air date: Jun 9, 2018

On the day of his mother's memorial service, a now clean and sober Patrick confronts his mother's complicity in his father's abuse, as well as answers his father's question of what he will do with his life.

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Cast & Crew

Benedict Cumberbatch
Patrick Melrose

Actor
Dainton Anderson
Thomas Melrose

Actor
Holliday Grainger
Bridget Watson Scott

Actor
Jessica Raine
Julia

Actor
Blythe Danner
Nancy

Actor
Celia Imrie
Kettle

Actor
Hugo Weaving
David Melrose

Actor
Harriet Walter
Princess Margaret

Actor
Pip Torrens
Nicholas Pratt

Actor
Anthony Boyle
Barry

Actor
Prasanna Puwanarajah
Johnny Hall

Actor
Anna Madeley
Mary

Actor
Indira Varma
Anne Moore

Actor
Annabel Mullion
Annabel

Actor
Marcus Smith
Robert Melrose

Actor
Nancy Crane
Nancy Banks

Actor
Cameron Jack
Terry

Actor
Sebastian Maltz
Young Patrick Melrose

Actor
Eben Young
Jerry Banks

Actor
Rachael Horovitz
Executive Producer
Michael Jackson
Executive Producer
Adam Ackland
Executive Producer
Benedict Cumberbatch
Executive Producer
Helen Flint
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for Patrick Melrose: Miniseries

  • May 09, 2022
    Brilliant in all regards. A terrifying portrait of a monstrous kind of person.
  • Feb 16, 2022
    Note to those giving poor ratings: Cringe factor is part of the point to bearing witness, here. Your feelings of unease and or disgust are exactly why you should be rating this highly--for it's ability to make you feel, quite viscerally in some cases. It's billed as scathing commentary for a reason: Here Thar Be Monsters. This is no Disney sing-along buddy flick, so don't punish the subject matter when the storytelling is this superb and deserves praise. Hugo Weaving has the unenviable task of trying to look like he knows how to play the piano (which he fails miserably at).. and portraying a rapist (quite aptly). Cumberbatch has made a niche for himself when it comes to breathing life into emotionally unavailable characters of quiet resignation that camouflages secrets and rage beneath the surface. He continues to exhibit a bit of a blind spot when it comes to vulnerability--at least from an American perspective--but with apparent nods to Trainspotting, I doubt there are any portrayals of addiction since to rival the ascerbic acuity of his here. I'm in agreement that this is as good as it gets when it comes to depictions of the inner game of abuse out there so far. The semi-autobiographical nature of the novels rings out clearly: while so many other amateur ventures let fear of the subject matter restrict their gaze to some generic fog of shame over past abuse, Patrick Melrose gets the complexity and specificity of the situation right. As gruesome as some watchers apparently found some scenes, realize that you are spared from the explicit brutality of the acts and left with your imagination to fill in the blanks. The series is more concerned with the psychology of it--most poignantly, the subsequent isolating nihilism accompanied by the persistent conviction that the only way to save others in the world from the evil which forged you is to take yourself out of it. When the greatest gift you can give to someone you love is your absence, what does that do to you and where do you go from there?
  • 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

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