When does Benedict Cumberbatch’s new period drama ‘Patrick Melrose’ start?

Sky and Now TV have announced the launch date for new decade-spanning TV saga Patrick Melrose.

Set in the South of France in the 60s, New York in the 80s and Britain in the early 2000s, the five-part drama series is based on the acclaimed semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn, with each episode adapting one of the five books.

The first episode will be available on demand from Sunday 13 May on TV streaming service NOW TV and will air at 9pm that day on Sky Atlantic.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch leads an all-star cast that also includes 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).

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Described as “subversive, savage and above all funny”, the period drama series skewers the upper class as it tracks its protagonist’s outrageous journey, from a deeply traumatic childhood through to adult substance abuse and, ultimately, towards recovery.”

Patrick Melrose will air in the US on Showtime.