The streets of Glasgow are being transformed into New York City for the new Benedict Cumberbatch film Showtime limited Series Melrose.

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The project will feature five parts, and will star Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose, the main character in the semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Cumberbatch will also executive produce, while David Nicholls writes all five episodes of the adaptation. The series is expected to air in 2018.

Melrose is a dark look at the upper class as it follows the protagonist’s journey through a childhood trauma, and up through substance abuse and recovery. Each episode will follow one of the five novels, as Cumberbatch’s playboy struggles to overcome the abuses of his father.

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The settings of the series will move from the South of France in the 1960s to New York in the ’80s and England in the 2000s. The Patrick Melrose series of novels consists of Never MindBad NewsSome HopeMother’s Milk, and At Last. In 2012, Jack Davenport stared in a film adaptation of Mother’s Milk.

“We have been huge fans of these books for many years and David Nicholls’ adaptations are extraordinary,” Cumberbatch said of the project. In fact, in a 2013 Reddit Q&A session, the actor said if he could play any literary character, he would choose Patrick Melrose. Cumberbatch has also recently signed onto a movie adaption of Ian McEwan‘s 1987 hit The Child in Time for BBC One and Masterpiece.

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