Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe are to star together in a new series about a doctor working during the Russian Revolution, Sky Arts confirmed today.
A Young Doctor’s Notebook, part of the channel’s Playhouse Presents… strand, is a four-part comedy-drama based on short stories by celebrated Russian author and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.
Mad Men’s Jon Hamm plays the central character as an older man, engaging in a series of bleakly comic exchanges with his younger self, Daniel Radcliffe.
Hamm, whose Point West Pictures is co-producing the series, said: “I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work on such rich source material with such fantastically talented people whose work I greatly respect, and to continue the relationship with Sky who have taken such good care of Mad Men since acquiring it.”
He also revealed that he had turned to the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary – which features British actors Colin Firth and Hugh Grant – for inspiration when attempting to perfect an English accent for the part.
“I have been watching Bridget Jones’s Diary on infinite loop, and I think I’ve finally got this accent thing sorted,” he said.
Harry Potter star Radcliffe added: “I have been an obsessive Bulgakov reader for a couple of years now so when the opportunity to become involved in this project came up, I could barely contain my excitement. The book is funny, grotesque and heartfelt in equal measure and I look forward to working with a great group of people to help bring it to life.”
The series will recount Bulgakov’s semi-autobiographical experiences as a young doctor working in the small village of Muryovo at the start of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
Revisiting his notebooks, the doctor considers his life and career as he tries to treat the patients of a village that is struggling to enter the modern age, while at the same time battling his own inner demons.
A Young Doctor’s Notebook will air on Sky Arts in 2013.