A Young Doctor's Notebook

Series 1 - Episode 1

A Young Doctor's Notebook
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Sky Arts has a bit of a coup here, securing Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe
to star in a knockabout version of Mikhail Bulgakov’s autobiographical
short stories about a young doctor in pre-Revolutionary Russia.

Everyone has decided that the short stories are funny, so the tone is breezy and jokey from the beginning, as Hamm looks back fondly at his newly graduated younger self (Radcliffe) arriving to take up his very first job, at a hospital in the snowy Russian wastes.

The doctor is immediately confronted by his hatchet-faced staff of three: two grim nurses and a weird factotum prone to elliptical conversations. Soon the central conceit evolves to the younger doctor actually engaging with his older self as the two argue and get into fights. It’s all very slight, but the skill — and in the case of Radcliffe, also the charm — of everyone involved keeps A Young Doctor’s Notebook bubbling along.

About this programme

1/4. A newly qualified Russian doctor is forced to say farewell to life in the busy metropolis of Moscow to take up a post in a small remote hospital 1,000 miles away. First episode of the comedy drama based on a collection of Mikhail Bulgakov's short stories, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm as the same character at two different ages.

Cast and crew

Cast

Young Dr Vladimir Bomgard
Daniel Radcliffe
Older Dr Vladimir Bomgard
Jon Hamm

Crew

Executive Producer
Kenton Allen
Executive Producer
Jon Hamm
Producer
Clelia Mountford
Series Director
Alex Hardcastle
Series Producer
Yvonne Sellins
Writer
Mikhail Bulgakov
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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