Benedict Cumberbatch will star in and executive producer 5 part drama Melrose based on the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St Aubyn.
The limited series, which is being produced by Two Cities and SunnyMarch, is being written by David Nicholls and will air on both Showtime and Sky Atlantic.
Melrose promises to be no cosy watch though as it tracks the aristocratic title character through a difficult childhood, becoming an adult with substance abuse problems and tracking through into eventual recovery.
Melrose is the first production of Two Cities Television, which is the company founded by former Channel 4 exec Michael Jackson and Rachael Horowitz. Both will exec produce alongside Cumbatch and Adam Ackland (for SunnyMarch).
Cumberbatch and Ackland said: “We are delighted to be part of this incredible series. We have been huge fans of these books for many years and David Nicholls’ adaptations are extraordinary.”
Nicholls said: “I’ve been a huge admirer of Edward St Aubyn’s novels for years, and can’t wait to bring these dark, witty, brilliant books to the screen. Benedict is the perfect Patrick Melrose.”