Patrick Melrose was originally set up as a five-episode order with each episode of the show based on one of Edward St Aubyn’s novels. Although all of the novels were used for the David Nicholls-penned adaptation, Deadline understands that Cumberbatch and the producers are looking at ways to carry on the story.
The series, which was directed by Edward Berger and produced by Michael Jackson’s Two Cities Television, Little Island Productions and Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch, aired on Showtime in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in the UK in May 2018. Rachael Horovitz and Michael Jackson are lead exec producers alongside Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and Helen Flint.
Horovitz and Jackson said, “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. 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 series centered on Cumberbatch’s Melrose, struggling to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned his behavior. The final episode sees Melrose get sober, bury his mother, deal with the fact that she didn’t protect him from his father and ultimately find redemption.
Cumberbatch alluded to plans to return to the character when he picked up two BAFTAs earlier this month – for best actor and best mini-series. “[Patrick Melrose] was condensed brilliantly on both sides of the book and the screenplay, an incredible director, a fantastic producing team, and a family of [heads of department] and cast that you really couldn’t repeat, although we’d like to,” he said on the night.
Similarly, Sky drama chief Cameron Roach, who was promoted to the position in February following the departure of Anne Mensah to Netflix, told Deadline that the pay-TV broadcaster was “actively engaging” with the creative team.
Patrick Melrose featured Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving as Melrose’s parents with the cast also including Anna Madeley, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma and Celia Imrie.