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Benedict Cum­ber­batch re­ceived a re­cent BAFTA Award for his ut­terly con­tem­po­rary – and dis­turb­ing – work in this ef­fec­tive Show­time-lim­ited-se­ries adap­ta­tion of five nov­els by Bri­tish au­thor Ed­ward St. Aubyn, who ap­plied many of his own ex­pe­ri­ences to Pa­trick’s jour­ney from an abuse-fraught child­hood into an adult­hood of over­com­ing ad­dic­tion and strug­gling to live his best life. Each of the five hour-long episodes cov­ers one of the books; there’s rarely a dull mo­ment. Also an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the drama (which scored five Emmy nom­i­na­tions), Cum­ber­batch gets im­pres­sive back­ing from Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh and Hugo Weav­ing as Pa­trick’s un­sup­port­ive par­ents, and Al­li­son Wil­liams as one of the women who crosses Pa­trick’s path. ★★★ (Not rated: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

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