Benedict Cumberbatch Melrose Showtime Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Showtime Limited Series Melrose

You may be waiting a while for Sherlock to come back… but until then, Showtime has your Benedict Cumberbatch fix.

The Emmy-winning actor will star in and executive-produce Showtime’s five-part limited series Melrose, the network announced Tuesday. Based on the bestselling Edward St. Aubyn novels, Melrose casts Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose, “an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy” who turns to substance abuse to erase bad childhood memories of his abusive father.

David Nicholls, who penned the 2011 Anne Hathaway romance One Day, will write the scripts for all five episodes. Each episode will take place over a few days in Melrose’s life, from the South of France in the ’60s to New York City in the ’80s to early-2000s Great Britain. No premiere date has been set, but shooting is expected to start this August.

As for Cumberbatch’s most famous role: PBS’ Sherlock just wrapped up its fourth season last month, with no indication on when it might return — or whether it will at all. Cumberbatch has alluded to the show possibly being finished in interviews, and this new miniseries, along with his booming film career, would seem to make a fifth season of Sherlock even less likely. (He also just signed on to star in a BBC One TV movie based on Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time.)

“We are delighted to be part of this incredible series,” Cumberbatch said in a statement with fellow EP Adam Ackland. “We have been huge fans of these books for many years, and David Nicholls adaptations are extraordinary.”

Will you tune in to see Cumberbatch as a wisecracking playboy? Or do you just want more Sherlock? Drop your thoughts in a comment below.

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  1. Sheila says:

    Hope it’s more interesting than that description. Rich twit turns to drugs? Yay…

  2. frostinter7 says:

    He has time for limited series, but not for Sherlock ? I mean, this series is the reason that he.s so famous.

    • George H. says:

      Each episode of Sherlock is basically making a whole new movie, and they take time to plan out schedules for everyone.

      • Patrick Yates says:

        And his commitment to the MCU is now monstrous. When guys sign on to that, there availability flatlines for the next 2-3 years.

  3. steven says:

    Who hear thought that Showtime was reviving Melrose Place?

  4. Nancy Hecko says:

    Different story with a different theme, but I see parallels between Sherlock and this project. Which makes the guy in the lead role not entirely surprising.

  5. Azerty says:

    I hope that was not the last of Sherlock. Maybe do a 2 hours TV “movie” every two years if 3 episodes per season is too many for the actors schedule. But don’t stop now, not on this season.

  6. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    If he has time for this limited-run series, then it means Sherlock is toast, at least for a while. Maybe they plan on waiting 10 or more years, then bring the two of them back to play older Holmes and Watson, like in the later books.

  7. liame says:

    I wonder if he will have any colored co-stars?