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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.

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Series 2, Episode 4

The Young Doctor is not entirely honest at Pelageya's funeral. An explosion later rocks the hospital and the Feldsher informs everyone that the Bolsheviks have returned.

Further details

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

At Pelageya's funeral, the Young Doctor delivers a self-serving eulogy in which he absolves himself of blame for her death before reading a poem which he hopes will impress Natasha, much to the disgust of his older self.

Later, an explosion rocks the hospital and the Feldsher informs everyone that the Bolsheviks have returned. The Young Doctor pathetically attempts to persuade Natasha to stay. In desperation, he reveals that he lied to her and that her fiancé may not be dead after all.

Later that night, the Young Doctor inadvertently tells two angry Bolsheviks that the White Guard has left and is heading for a supply train full of drugs. Joined by the Feldsher, the Young Doctor heads off through the snow to try to warn the train's passengers, but they arrive to find it has been derailed by a massive explosion.

The Young Doctor finds Natasha with a broken leg and attempts to find some basic medical supplies. Stumbling through the wreckage he discovers a large number of bottles of morphine. Natasha's carriage is now on fire. Faced with a stark choice between escaping with the morphine or taking a risk and going back, he runs away, leaving himself to face the consequences of his cowardice.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 12th December 2013
Time
9pm
Channel
Sky Arts
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Cast
Daniel Radcliffe Young Doctor
Jon Hamm Older Doctor
Rosie Cavaliero Pelageya
Adam Godley The Feldsher
Vicki Pepperdine Anna
Guest cast
Daniel Cerqueira Vlas
Margaret Clunie Natasha
Charles Edwards The Colonel
Tommy Forbes (as Tom Forbes) Anatoliy
Paul Popplewell Yuri (Bolshevik Soldier)
Writing team
Mark Chappell Writer
Shaun Pye Writer
Alan Connor Writer
Production team
Robert McKillop Director
Clelia Mountford Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Jon Hamm Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Dan Cheesbrough Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
Mark Henson Editor
Dennis De Groot Production Designer
Stephen Warbeck Composer

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