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A Young Doctor’s Notebook is a unique four-part comedy drama based on a collection of short stories by the celebrated Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.
Jon Hamm will take on the role of the older doctor, who has a series of bleakly comic exchanges with his younger self, played by Daniel Radcliffe.
Jon Hamm 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 Atlantic, who have taken such good care of “Mad Men” since acquiring it. Clelia Mountford and Big Talk have been championing this project unabashedly and I share their great enthusiasm for bringing something original, dark, funny and moving to light. Also, I have been watching “Bridget Jones’s Diary” on infinite loop, and I think I’ve finally got this accent thing sorted…”
Daniel 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”.
Produced by multi award-wining Big Talk Productions in association with Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt’s Points West Pictures, the drama recounts Bulgakov’s semi-autobiographical experiences as a young doctor working in the small village of Muryevo at the dawn of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
Big Talk Chief Executive Kenton Allen said: ‘Clelia Mountford bought the project to me with a twinkle in her eye and that twinkle has rapidly developed into a rather extraordinary project that promises to be genuinely unmissable TV. I really hope we can find and entertain a whole new audience with the brilliance of Bulgakov and the pinch-yourself dream team combination of Jon and Daniel.’
Channel: Sky Arts
Episodes: 4 x 30’
Writers: Mark Chappell, Shaun Pye, Alan Connor
Producer: Clelia Mountford
Director: Alex Hardcastle
Executive Producers: Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice and Jon Hamm for Points West Pictures