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 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


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    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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