Patrick Melrose

David Nicholls on Us, Patrick Melrose and adapting novels for screens

Over four novels, two of which have been adapted for the silver screen (Starter for 10 and One Day), he has astutely mirrored the average life stages from adolescence to adulthood, often reducing the nation to tears in the process - read One Day at your peril.

Us, he says, was his “midlife crisis novel,” and it’s his latest to get the nod for adaptation as a four-part BBC miniseries, written by Nicholls himself.

Sky releases first look trailer for new legal thriller starring Bryan Cranston

Sky has released a first look trailer for new legal thriller, Your Honor, starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.

Cranston stars as Michael Desiato, a reputed New Orleans judge who breaks bad in order to protect his teenage son Adam (Hunter Doohan) after he gets involved in a hit-and-run.

Unfortunately for them, the victim just happens to be the son of Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg), the head of the most vicious crime family in the city.

The golden age of adaptation

Vanity Fair (Credit: ITV)

"You have to remember what a partisan of the novel I am… and that it had long been one of my ambitions to have my novels defeat all attempts to put them on screen"

-Interview with Jonathan Franzen, New York Times, 26 June 2018

A tale of two cities: What's next for the Patrick Melrose producer

Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose (Credit: Sky)

One of the standout drama launches of the year is unquestionably Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose. The five-parter memorably opens in London with a heroin-addled Melrose, played magisterially by Benedict Cumberbatch, receiving news of his abusive father’s death in New York. Melrose then travels there to bring home his father’s ashes. While in Manhattan, he embarks on an epic drugs binge. Expect the erstwhile Sherlock star to win multiple awards for this astonishing performance.