Based on the memoirs of celebrated Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, A Young Doctor’s Notebook will air next year as part of the brand new run of Playhouse Presents.
The four-part series recounts Bulgakov’s semi-autobiographical experiences as a young doctor working in the small village of Muryovo at the dawn of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
Jon Hamm will portray the older doctor, who has a series of bleakly comic exchanges with his younger self, played by Daniel Radcliffe.
Hamm commented: “I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work on such rich source material with such fantastically talented people whose work I greatly respect, and to continue the relationship with Sky who have taken such good care of Mad Men since acquiring it. Also, I have been watching Bridget Jones’s Diary on infinite loop, and I think I’ve finally got this accent thing sorted…”
Radcliffe added: “I have been an obsessive Bulgakov reader for a couple of years now so when the opportunity to become involved in this project came up, I could barely contain my excitement. The book is funny, grotesque and heartfelt in equal measure and I look forward to working with a great group of people to help bring it to life.”
Playhouse Presents is currently airing at 9pm on Thursday nights on Sky Arts.
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