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Bad News 

TV-MA | | Drama | Episode aired 12 May 2018
Patrick learns of his father's passing and must travel to New York to collect his remains, whilst struggling with drug withdrawals.

Director:

Edward Berger

Writers:

Edward St. Aubyn (based on the novels by) (as Edward St Aubyn), David Nicholls
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Patrick Melrose
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Eleanor Melrose
Hugo Weaving ... David Melrose
Gary Beadle ... Chilly Willy
Morfydd Clark ... Debbie Hickman
Sebastian Maltz ... Young Patrick
Prasanna Puwanarajah ... Johnny
Jessica Raine ... Julia
John Standing ... George Watford
Pip Torrens ... Nicholas Pratt
Indira Varma ... Anne Moore
Allison Williams ... Marianne Banks
David Mills ... Hotel Receptionist (as David Mitchell Mills)
Oengus MacNamara ... Bellboy
Dempsey Bovell Dempsey Bovell ... Drug Dealer 2
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Storyline

In the grip of his addictions, Patrick Melrose must fly to New York to collect his father's ashes. Over the course of a lost Manhattan weekend, Patrick's remorseless search for satisfaction, haunted by old acquaintances and insistent inner voices, sends him into a nightmarish spiral, including a disastrous date with the girl of his dreams. Alone in his hotel room later that night, he pushes body and mind to the very edge - desperate to stay one step ahead of his rapidly encroaching past. Limited series premiere.

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Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Trivia

Hugo Weaving (David Melrose) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose) also worked together on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) & The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) as Elrond & Smaug/Necromancer (voice) respectively. See more »

Goofs

While in the restaurant in New York in 1982, Patrick asks for a quarter for the telephone. Beginning in 1951, the cost to make local calls on pay phones in New York was 10 cents and did not increase to 25 cents until June 1984. The cost was so well-known it led to the slang expression "dropping a dime" in reference to calling the police. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Melrose: [attempting to destroy his father's urn] I'm going to flush you down the loo! Send you to sewers with the alligators and the shit!
[breaks a toilet tank cover on the box]
Patrick Melrose: [enraged] HOW?
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Connections

References Trainspotting (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Tijuana Taxi
Written by Bud Coleman
Performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
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This is by far the best episode of the series.
18 June 2019 | by MychosenamewastakenSee all my reviews

It started out so epicly. The story soon takes a drastic turn into a downward spiral however. This first episode was amazing, very well made, shame the rest of the series sucked.


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