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Netflix’s Eric, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is an emotional thriller that will stay with you

Netflix's Eric, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is an emotional thriller that will stay with you

It's written by The Split and Suffragette Abi Morgan, and it's a hell of a story.

Tissues at the ready: emotional thriller Netflix series Eric – starring Benedict Cumberbatch – is about to hit us all hard.

Set against the backdrop of the 1980s AIDs epidemic and our protagonist's pain at his child going missing, we're predicting many, many tears.

The six-part TV series was written by playwright and screenwriter Abi Morgan, who recently released the incredible, bestselling This Is Not A Pity Memoir and has written the scripts of TV and movie gold such as Suffragette, The Split, Brick Lane, The Iron Lady and Shame.

So with those credits to her name, we're pretty sure Eric is going to be pretty special.

Eric is a dark and crazy journey into the heart of 1980s New York — and the good, bad, and ugly world of Vincent,” Abi told Netflix. It will show how Vincent (played by Cumberbatch) unravels with self-loathing and guilt after tragedy hits him.

There's a seriously impressive team working on Eric – alongside Abi and Benedict will be This Is Going To Hurt's Jane Featherstone and The Split's Lucy Dyke.

“When Abi first pitched Eric to us, it gave us goose bumps,” they told Netflix. “It’s an extraordinary piece of writing, inspired by Abi’s experience of New York in the mid-1980s, a city rotten to its core but on the cusp of change.”

Here's everything we know so far about Eric.

What is Netflix's Eric about?

It looks to be a powerful dive into the 1980s, checking in on the most impactful social issues of the time – but at its heart is something more. A father's love for his missing child.

“When Edgar, a young boy goes missing in 1980s Manhattan, his grief-stricken father Vincent, a puppeteer on America’s leading kids’ TV show, finds solace through his friendship with Eric, the monster that lives under Edgar’s bed.

"In his quest to find the truth to Edgar’s disappearance, Vincent is forced into the dark shadows of a city rife with corruption to discover that the real monsters live much closer to home. Set against the backdrop of the 1980s AIDS epidemic, Detective Ledroit, tasked to uncover internal corruption in the NYPD, finds himself drawn into the search for Edgar, while privately coming to terms with secrets of his own.”

Who is in the Eric cast?

Alongside Benedict Cumberbatch will be Girls star Gaby Hoffman, Amy Louise Pemberton, The Flash's Erika Soto, Phoebe Nicholls (Anatomy of a Scandal, A Very British Scandal), Jeff Hephner, Ivan Hoe and McKinley Belcher III.

Netflix's Eric, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is an emotional thriller that will stay with you

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When and where can I watch Eric?

It will drop on Netflix on 30 May.

Is there an Eric trailer?

Not yet, but we've got a feeling one will be dropping soon – and we'll update this article as soon as it does.