A "first-look image" was released from the Sky Atlantic and Showtime TV adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels (Mothers Milk, Never Mind, Bad News, At Last, Some Hope), showing Benedict Cumberbatch "as the aristocratic playboy... cigarette in hand and sunglasses on," Deadline reported. The limited series will be produced by Two Cities Television in association with Cumberbatch's SunnyMarch.
The five-part drama, written by One Day author David Nicholls, is set in the south of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000s. Each episode will be based on one St. Aubyn novel. The project also stars Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anna Madeley, Allison Williams and Blythe Danner as Nancy.