Benedict Cumberbatch

Video: Trailer For New Benedict Cumberbatch Series

A trailer has been released for Patrick Melrose, the new Sky series based on the acclaimed semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The five-part drama from Sky Atlantic and SHOWTIME® skewers the upper class as it tracks its protagonist’s outrageous journey, from a deeply traumatic childhood through to adult substance abuse and, ultimately, towards recovery. 

Classic Interview: Martin Freeman

Actors who appear in hit sitcoms often have difficulties shaking off the role that makes their name. Beyond The Joke recently wrote about the way that Father Dougal still casts a shadow over Ardal O'Hanlon's work. But Martin Freeman has had no such issues. I doubt if that many people still think of him primarily as Tim from The Office these days. Even though that was a major role in a landmark series Freeman has recently shaken Tim off with starring parts in The Hobbit movies and BBC1's Sherlock.

Classic Interview: Benedict Cumberbatch

I came across my interview with Benedict Cumberbatch from The Times, November 2007, in my archive and thought it might be of some interest. Back then Cumberbatch was a fast-rising star of stage and screen rather than the all-conquering superstar he is today. I'll always remember the first time I spotted him – it was when I watched him playing Stephen Hawking in a BBC drama in 2004.

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