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Sunday, December 22, 2013


(Daniel Radcliffe & Jon Hamm in this period series set in the Russian countryside)

A Young Doctor’s Notebook will be screened on BBC Entertainment (channel 120 on DStv) tomorrow night.

Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in this wry comedy drama about a young doctor’s fledgling career as he begins his new life in a small, backwards Russian village. Based on the semi-autobiographical short stories by Bulgakov and set on the eve of the Russian revolution, it tells the story of the young medical graduate’s turbulent and brutal introduction to his practice, narrated by his older, more experienced self.

Recounting from his notebooks, the Young Doctor considers his life and career as he tries to treat the patients of a village that is struggling to enter the modern age. Dealing not only with the superstitious and poorly educated patients, but with his own inner demons, the doctor reveals doubts about his own competence and struggles with the immense burden of medical responsibility. Realistic and sharply humorous, the doctor soon realises that everything he’s learnt at medical school can’t help him now.

As well as narrating, the Young Doctor’s older self appears in the room during heated moments, or late at night in his weakest moments. Times have changed in medicine and the Older Doctor watches his younger self with humour and pathos as he observes him toiling with people struggling to enter the modern age.

A Young Doctor’s Notebook is a fascinating, dark and original, pitch black comedy with renowned international acting talent that will surprise and entertain viewers in a wholly unique way. It will be screened at 20h30 on December 23 on BBC Entertainment (channel 120 on DStv).