Benedict Cumberbatch

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in Trailer for New Drama 'Patrick Melrose'

Benedict Cumberbatch rocking a very distinct look in "Patrick Melrose" (Photo: Sky/Showtime)

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is headed back to the small screen this year. (And no, I’m sorry to keep having to reiterate this bad news every time the man gets a new project, but it’s not for another season of the popular detective drama. At least not yet. Keep the dream alive, folks.)

This time, Cumberbatch has the starring role in the upcoming five-part drama Patrick Melrose. Based on a series of semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn, it follows the story of an aristocratic playboy and his journey from a traumatic childhood through alcoholism, heroin addiction, recovery, marriage and fatherhood. 

Get Your First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Child in Time’

Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Child in Time". (Photo:  Courtesy of Pinewood Television, SunnyMarch TV and MASTERPIECE for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is busy working on his next big project – and sadly, it’s not another season of the adventures of the great detective just yet. Instead he’s producing and starring in an small-screen adaptation of award-winning author Ian McEwan’s novel The Child in Time. Directed by Julian Farino, the drama is the first production of the actor’s new SunyMarch TV production company. 

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Ian McEwan's 'The Child in Time' for Masterpiece

Benedict Cumberbatch in "Sherlock" Season 4. (Photo: Courtesy of Laurence Cendrowicz/Hartswood Films & MASTERPIECE)

Benedict Cumberbatch is coming back to Masterpiece – just not in the exact way you might think. The Sherlock star is producing an adaptation of award-winning author Ian McEwan’s 1987 novel The Child in Time for BBC One and PBS.     

In addition to serving as executive producer, Cumberbatch will star as Stephen Lewis, a successful children’s book author whose daughter suddenly goes missing. Her disappearance devastates Stephen’s marriage, as he and his wife struggle to deal with grief, loss and hope in turns.

Per the official press release, this ninety-minute feature will be “a lyrical and heart-breaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.”

Preview the Plays of ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’

Benedict Cumberbatch in full "Richard III" gear for "The Hollow Crown The Wars of the Roses" (Photo:  Courtesy of Robert Viglasky © 2015 Carnival Film & Television Ltd )

After a long wait, American audiences are finally getting the chance to see The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses for themselves. The sequel series is airing on PBS’ Great Performances this December. (Friendly reminder: you should definitely check your local listings and find out the specifics because end of year pledge-time may affect what days this airs).

The original The Hollow Crown series adapted four of Shakespeare’s history plays – Richard II, Henry IV Pts. 1 and 2 and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative, with the majority of the relevant actors performing the same roles across all the plays. The three-part sequel takes on the next part of the story, the titular Wars of the Roses, when two families battled for control of England’s throne.

Watch 'The Hollow Crown Wars of the Roses' Cast and Director Discuss the Show

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in "The Hollow Crown" (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky © 2015 Carnival Film & Television Ltd)

After what feels like an excruciatingly long wait, the highly anticipated sequel to The Hollow Crownsubtitled The Wars of the Rosesis finally airing in America on PBS’ Great Performances this December.

The original Hollow Crown adapted four of Shakespeare’s history plays – Richard II, Henry IV Pts. 1 and 2 and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative, with the majority of the relevant actors performing the same roles across all the plays. The three-part sequel takes on the next part of the story, and will feature adaptations of Henry VI (streamlined into two parts) and Richard III.  The plays recount the story of the titular Wars of the Roses, when two families – the Plantagenets and the Lancasters – battled for control of England’s throne.

PBS has released a new video interview where several members of the Wars of the Roses cast and production team – including star Benedict Cumberbatch – discuss the series, Shakespeare’s works, and the history behind the plays.

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