This five-part limited series based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn, tracks Patrick Melrose (Benedict Cumberbatch) from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France, through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and, ultimately, toward recovery back home in Britain.
Outstanding performances by all of the actors, especially the leads. It brings the books to life, which seemed to be an impossible task. The design, directing, sound/music all enhance a wonderful production.
Though the main character is rich and privileged, the stories and underlying themes apply to many who have suffered abuse of any kind. The narrative shows the hard work involved in becoming the person you were meant to be.
Kudos to all involved in this magnificent production.
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