CUM­BER­BATCH I N MEL­ROSE’S PLACE

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WHEN I was in Lon­don re­cently, cov­er­ing royal wed­ding, be­sides Meghan and Harry, all any­body wanted to talk about was this lit­er­ary drama, about English au­thor Ed­ward St Aubyn.

A five-part adap­ta­tion of his semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal nov­els, it is a rol­lick­ing story about an eye-bog­gling life. Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch (pic­tured) plays Mel­rose, but is also a fan, telling

re­cently he con­sid­ers the books “the most ex­quis­ite achieve­ments in 21st cen­tury prose.” High praise in­deed.

A darkly comic skew­er­ing of Bri­tain’s upper classes, it also stars Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh and Gwyneth Paltrow’s mum, Blythe Dan­ner. Nom­i­nated for an Emmy for most out­stand­ing drama, there is talk of a sec­ond sea­son. Don’t say you haven’t been told.

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