And welcome to another week. I hope you’re all doing great and that you’re having a good Monday. Today I’d like to talk about what I would call the most fascinating tv show I’ve ever seen and the best show you probably aren’t watching. And yes, I mean it, because the tv adaptation of the Patrick Melrose novels is a literal gem. It’s only broadcasted by Sky and Showtime and on the one side I’m happy about that, because it’s like a little, perfect secret, but on the other hand this show deserves more love and attention than any other. 13 Reasons Why and Co. can go home now. Byeeee.
But first things first. Here’s what the fuss is all about. Patrick Melrose is a new a five-part miniseries starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which is based on five novels written by Edward St Aubyn. It centers around Patrick, a mid-aged guy who is fighting with both his drug addiction and his dark and difficult past, thanks to his abusive father and depressive mother. So, the show has it all: terrific wealth, drug addiction, British royalty, sadism and abuse. I just finished the show a few days ago and I have to say, in those nearly two months that I watched it, I never had a smile on my face when one episode ended. But that’s not meant to sound negative or something like that, actually that’s what I liked about the show. It’s just so heartbreaking and sad, but also so great and fantastic and bigger than anything I’ve ever seen.
Cumberbatch delivers the role at best and from my point of view he deserves every single award he can get – Emmys, Oscars, give this guy a goddamn Grammy if you must. He deserves it all, because if someones’s acting is perfect, it’s his. I don’t know Benedict personally (ha, I wish) and I don’t know the type of person he is, but I’m quite certain his life is a bit different from Patrick’s, but when you watch the show and look into his eyes, there’s no Benny left. It’s only Patrick and his tragic existence.
For me, the best episode was the first one titled “Bad News”. There’s a scene where Patrick is what I would call more than sky high and alone in a dark hotel room in New York City and the next few minutes that follow always take my breath away. It’s psychotic and weird and tragic on the one side and self-mocking and amusing on the other. But that’s exactly what makes this show that fantastic. For me it’s one of the best shows, one of the best acting performances and probably the single best performance by Cumberbatch that I have ever seen. Fight me if you want, but it’s true.
But enough of the talking – here’s the trailer for the show:
So, in short, this is one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen and if any of you ever get the chance to watch it, I highly recommend you doing that. Seriously. You will not regret it, because even if you find it too sad or simply aren’t into the story, you will still get to experience the great Benedict Cumberbatch in this fantastic role. It’s a must.
And yeah, I’m just really glad that I get to share this show with all of you and hope that you enjoyed this post. As always, please don’t hesitate to leave your comments down below and I wish you all a great week. And, of course, thanks for reading. x