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Benedict Cumberbatch Finds Life After ‘Sherlock’ In ‘Melrose’

The limited series will air on Showtime, and feature adaptations of novels by journalist Edward St. Aubyn.

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It might be the end of the road for Sherlock, but Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t quite ready to leave television behind just yet.

In fact, the Oscar-nominated actor has signed on to star in a limited series for Showtime based on the works of British author Edward St. Aubyn.

Melrose will take place over five episodes, covering the five novels St. Aubyn has featured the character Patrick Melrose. They include Never MindBad NewsSome HopeMother’s Milk and At Last, which are based on the author’s life growing up in a “highly dysfunctional upper-class English family.”

St. Aubyn had a difficult childhood. His father reportedly raped him as a young boy, while his mother – who descended from American wealth, never interfered in the abuse, despite knowing it was taking place.

Cumberbatch will play Melrose in the series, as the character progresses from Never Mind to At Last.

The actor is busy with two projects right now – as Doctor Strange Avengers: Infinity War, and as another scientific mind Thomas Edison in The Current War opposite fellow Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. Cumberbatch also is set to reprise his Doctor Strange character for Thor: Ragnarok in November.

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