A Young Doctor's Notebook. Image shows from L to R: Older Doctor (Jon Hamm), Young Doctor (Daniel Radcliffe). Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

A Young Doctor's Notebook

Sky Arts comedy drama. 8 episodes (2 series), 2012 - 2013. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm, Rosie Cavaliero, Adam Godley and Vicki Pepperdine.

Series 1, Episode 3

Stomach pain pushes despairing doctor Daniel Radcliffe to desperate lengths. His older self, Jon Hamm, suffers the unsavoury effects of his addiction.

Further details

While revolution hangs in the air in Moscow, the young doctor feels increasingly isolated in the tiny and remote village of Muryovo.

Longing for cigarettes, a newspaper and "a knock on the door that isn't a dying girl", he packs his trunk for the day-round trip to the nearest shop, only to learn that it doesn't open until August. Desperate to escape, he jokes about how many people he might have to let die before he is stripped of his licence and allowed to return to the bright lights and shops of Moscow.

Meanwhile, his older self begins to suffer from the unsavoury side effects of his acute morphine addiction.

The doctor is hit by terrible stomach pains when an unconscious girl is carried into the surgery. To his horror, he realises he will need to perform a complicated tracheotomy; however, the hardest part is convincing her family that the girl's problem cannot be solved with drops or pills.

After also assisting during a tragic birth in the snow, the doctor takes to his bed, bent double with stomach ache. Desperate to stop the pain and to escape the snow and boredom of Muryovo, he reaches for his medical bag. And, despite the protests of his older self, fills a syringe with morphine.

Broadcast details

Thursday 20th December 2012
Sky Arts
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Daniel Radcliffe Young Doctor
    Jon Hamm Older Doctor
    Rosie Cavaliero Pelageya
    Adam Godley The Feldsher
    Vicki Pepperdine Anna
    Guest cast
    Tim Steed NKVD Agent Kirill
    Jenny Galloway Lidka's Grandmother
    Christopher Godwin Judge
    Cara Horgan Klara
    Rhianna Hosmer Lidka
    Susy Kane Beautiful Woman
    Tim Key Pyotr the Patient
    Tayler Marshall Young Boy
    Wendy Nottingham Elena (Mother)
    Christopher Godwin Leopold Leopoldovich
    Writing team
    Mark Chappell Writer
    Shaun Pye Writer
    Alan Connor Writer
    Production team
    Alex Hardcastle Director
    Clelia Mountford Producer
    Kenton Allen Executive Producer
    Jon Hamm Executive Producer
    Saskia Schuster Executive Producer
    Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
    Matthew Justice Executive Producer
    Dan Cheesbrough Executive Producer
    Mark Henson Editor
    Dennis De Groot Production Designer
    Stephen Warbeck Composer

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