Benedict Cumberbatch returns to television screens in the new drama Patrick Melrose, a five-episode miniseries based on Edward St. Aubyn’s novels of the same name.
In the United States, the series will premiere Saturday, May 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime, while the next four episodes will air on subsequent Saturdays. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch Patrick Melrose episodes live as they air or on-demand by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Amazon Prime: If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch live and on-demand Showtime content through Amazon Channels, which comes with a free 7-day trial.
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the Showtime channel, you can either watch episodes live as they air, or you can watch them on-demand (new episodes are available as soon as they premiere on Showtime). Either way, you can watch on your computer via the Amazon website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
Hulu: Whether you have Hulu or Hulu With Live TV, or if you’re signing up for a new account, Showtime can be added for $8.99 per month. Either add it via “Account” if you already have a subscription, or add it as an add-on when signing up.
Once signed up, you can either watch Showtime live as episodes air, or you can watch them on-demand anytime after. With either option, you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
DirecTV Now: Showtime is an $8 per month add-on that can be added to any of DirecTV Now’s four channel packages. You can add it to your existing DirecTV Now account, or if you’re a new subscriber, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial of any base package plus Showtime. Additionally, new subscribers can get $25 off your first three months with promo code “YESNOW3”, so if you sign up for the “Live a Little” package and Showtime, you would get 60-plus channels, including Showtime, for just $18 per month for the first three months.
Once signed up, you can either watch episodes live as they air, or you can watch them on-demand anytime after. Either way, you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
FuboTV: The Showtime channel can be added to your existing FuboTV subscription for $10.99 per month, or you can include Showtime when you start a free 7-day trial.
Once signed up, you can either watch episodes live as they air, or you can watch them on-demand anytime after. Either way, you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Doctor Strange) is certainly no stranger to playing unique characters, and his role in Patrick Melrose can certainly be added to the list, as he plays the titular character, an upper-class Englishman entrenched in a downward spiral whilst battling heroin and other various demons.
“You’re asked to empathize with a man doing some pretty awful things because you want him to do better,” Cumberbatch said. “It’s a very subtle but profound shift, from self-annihilation and narcissism to a world where he is sincere, loving, and open.”
A bit unsurprisingly with the wonderfully gifted Cumberbatch at the forefront (he’s also listed as an executive producer, having worked with producer Michael Jackson for more than four years to create this adaptation), the early reviews are outstanding.
“The miniseries is an achievement on two fronts,” writes The Atlantic’s Sophie Gilbert. “For one thing, it’s the most remarkably faithful adaptation of a series of books in recent memory, capturing the tone and the aesthetic of the Melrose novels without sacrificing cohesion. But Patrick Melrose is also darkly entertaining, veering between young Patrick’s anguish and older Patrick’s episodes of situational comedy without diminishing either.”
This is undoubtedly worth watching simply for Cumberbatch’s performance alone, but he also has a ton of talent around him.
On screen, Cumberbatch is joined by the likes of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Anna Madelely, Allison Williams and Blythe Danner. Each of the five episodes are directed by Edward Berger and written by David Nicholls.