Can up­per-class Brit kick habit?

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Pa­trick Mel­rose, BBC First, Mon­day at 9.30pm

BENE­DICT Cum­ber­batch stars in this series based on the nov­els of Ed­ward St Aubyn.

At once har­row­ing and hi­lar­i­ous, the series tracks Pa­trick, a mem­ber of the Bri­tish up­per class, from a priv­i­leged but deeply trau­matic child­hood in the South of France through se­vere sub­stance abuse in New York and, ul­ti­mately to­wards re­cov­ery back home.

Mel­rose is a witty, well-bred 20-some­thing who’s par­tial to pretty much ev­ery nar­cotic imag­in­able.

When news of his fa­ther’s death breaks, who knows if it’s the heroin or their ter­ri­ble re­la­tion­ship that causes him to re­act with such in­dif­fer­ence.

Adapted for tele­vi­sion by ac­claimed screen­writer David Ni­cholls (Cold Feet, One Day), the five-part mini-series also stars Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh and Hugo Weav­ing.

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