Whenever I’m asked about my favourite authors, there is someone who will consistently be in my top ten. That person is David Nicholls (author of Starter for Ten, US and, One Day). It takes a deft writer to produce work that possesses Nicholls’s trademark acerbic wit and characters that feel truly natural. So, when I found out that he was adapting Edward St Aubyn’s literary series, my expectations were incredibly high.
This series completely delivered.
Cumberbatch was brilliantly cast as Patrick, who suffered a privileged but traumatic upbringing. As an actor, this series brought some unique challenges, predominantly the tough themes of sexual abuse, drugs and (for around half an hours run time) dialogue that takes place with Melrose in conversation with himself. However, any awards that are gifted to him for this series will be completely deserved. Funny, but still heart-wrenchingly sad, Cumberbatch delivered a masterclass in emotions.
There are also some bitterly funny comedic moments, even within the first episode. As well as some fantastic cinematic moments during a disastrous date with a New York socialite. Patrick Melrose invites the audience to consider not only what addiction and abuse looks like, but also what good, and bad truly is. But mostly, it’s a story about trying to be better, and who can’t understand that?