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 4

Doomed doctor Daniel Radcliffe spirals into dark hallucinations as his older self tries to stop him destroying his life.

Further details

After performing a recent tracheotomy made him famous, the young doctor is inundated with patients. However, despite his newfound celebrity, behind closed doors he begins to experience the embarrassing and unsavoury side effects that have been plaguing his older self.

Repulsed by what is happening to his body, the young doctor takes a bath. Joined in the tub by Hamm, he vows to make a clean start and decides to open a specialist syphilis clinic to combat the disease rife in his remote village.

During a long journey to a patient with a critical head injury, he defiantly hurls the key to the morphine cupboard into the snow. But, on his return, withdrawal symptoms hit him hard. His older self makes an unwelcome appearance in the carriage, blaming the young doctor for destroying his life, dignity and friendships with his weakness.

In too deep to heed the warning and turn his life around, he throws himself from the carriage and begins to search for the lost key. But, while scrabbling in the snow, he spirals into dark hallucinations in which he is haunted by a terrible fate and a visit from his revered predecessor Leopold Leopoldovich.

Broadcast details

Thursday 27th December 2012
Sky Arts
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 28th December 2012 1:35am Sky Arts
Saturday 29th December 2012 10:00pm Sky Arts
Sunday 30th December 2012 3:30am Sky Arts
Sunday 30th December 2012 10:30pm Sky Arts
Thursday 7th March 2013 9:00pm Sky Arts
Friday 8th March 2013 4:30am Sky Arts
Thursday 12th September 2013 9:00pm Sky Arts
Friday 13th September 2013 2:35am Sky Arts
Wednesday 20th November 2013 11:00pm Sky1
Thursday 31st July 2014 9:00pm Sky Arts
Friday 1st August 2014 3:00am Sky Arts
Monday 12th January 2015 9:45pm Sky Arts 2
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 12:30am Sky Arts

Cast & crew

Daniel Radcliffe Young Doctor
Jon Hamm Older Doctor
Rosie Cavaliero Pelageya
Adam Godley The Feldsher
Vicki Pepperdine Anna
Guest cast
Shaun Pye Yegorych
Tim Steed NKVD Agent Kirill
Karina Fernandez Syphilitic Woman
Christopher Godwin Leopold Leopoldovich
Miles Jupp Palchikov the Clerk
Joshua McGuire Even Younger Doctor
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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