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Sky has released the first trailer for 'Patrick Melrose', a comedy about a troubled aristocrat.

The trailer introduces us to Melrose, a "narcissistic, schizoid, suicidal alcoholic" who we follow through his traumatic childhood to adult substance abuse and ultimate recovery. The series takes place in the south of France in the 60s, New York in the 80s and Britain in the early 2000s.

It's based on the semi-autobiographical novels of Edward St Aubyn.

Each novel gets an episode. The first episode sees Patrick fly to New York to collect his father's ashes, and then go on a 24-hour drug-fuelled bender. The second is set in the south of France, where Patrick's sadistic father (played by Hugo Weaving) wreaks havoc in the lives of his sons and Patrick's unhappy mother (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh).

All five episodes are written by BAFTA-winner David Nicholls, the man behind the novel 'One Day' and the recent film adaptation of 'Far From the Madding Crowd'.

It will be available on Sky Atlantic and Now TV later this year.

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