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

A Young Doctor's Notebook

  • TV comedy drama
  • Sky Arts
  • 2012 - 2013
  • 8 episodes (2 series)

Black comic drama series about a doctor at different ages, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, based on the work of Mikhail Bulgakov. Also features Rosie Cavaliero, Adam Godley and Vicki Pepperdine.

Episode menu

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 21st December 2012 1:30am Sky Arts
Saturday 22nd December 2012 10:30pm Sky Arts
Sunday 23rd December 2012 1:45am Sky Arts
Monday 24th December 2012 5:00am Sky Arts
Tuesday 25th December 2012 12:00am Sky Arts
Tuesday 25th December 2012 4:25am Sky Arts
Sunday 30th December 2012 10:00pm Sky Arts
Thursday 28th February 2013 9:00pm Sky Arts
Friday 1st March 2013 2:10am Sky Arts
Sunday 3rd March 2013 12:30am Sky Arts
Thursday 5th September 2013 9:00pm Sky Arts
Friday 6th September 2013 2:30am Sky Arts
Tuesday 19th November 2013 11:00pm Sky1
Thursday 24th July 2014 9:00pm Sky Arts
Friday 25th July 2014 3:30am Sky Arts
Monday 12th January 2015 9:15pm Sky Arts 2
Tuesday 21st November 2017 12:00am Sky Arts

Cast & crew

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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