Benedict Cumberbatch drama ‘Patrick Melrose’ could return for a second season

Plans are being developed for another season of Patrick Melrose.

Based on the acclaimed semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn, the five-part decade-spanning TV saga starred Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

The series premiered in May 2018 on Showtime in the US and on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Set in the South of France in the 60s, New York in the 80s and Britain in the early 2000s, Patrick Melrose explored the titular character’s life, from his abusive youth at the hands of his father and the mother who tacitly condones the behaviour, to the outrageous playboy he becomes and the struggles he endures to defy the damage of his own past.

Although it was originally planned to be a one-off limited series and all of Edward St Aubyn’s novels have now been adapted, Deadline reports that the show’s makers are keen to continue the story.

Executive producers Rachael Horovitz and Michael Jackson commented: “Our collective passion for Teddy’s novels and the joyful experience of making this series with SunnyMarch, Edward Berger and David Nicholls has naturally led us all to discussions of what we could do in the future.”

They added: “Ideas have ranged from a leap forward in Patrick’s life to a series covering his ‘lost years’ in New York. Teddy St Aubyn will be the one to decide and we look forward to his inspiration.”

The cast of Patrick Melrose also included Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Anna Madeley (The Crown), Blythe Danner (Meet the Fockers), Allison Williams (Girls), Pip Torrens (The Crown), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster), Holliday Grainger (Strike), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) and Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Baby).

Benedict Cumberbatch will next be seen in new Cold War thriller movie Ironbark and World War I movie 1917.

Patrick Melrose is available to watch on Amazon Prime.