Why Aren’t You Watching A Young Doctor’s Notebook?

Here are the reasons why you should be watching A Young Doctor’s Notebook.

In 1917 Russia, a young, fresh-faced doctor prepares to take over the Muryovo village hospital, complete with... well, let's call it a crew for now.Photo: Sky Arts

In 1917 Russia, a young, fresh-faced doctor prepares to take over the Muryovo village hospital, complete with… well, let’s call it a crew for now.
Photo: Sky Arts

It’s not long

Only 23 minutes! 24 if the English bird comes ’round to tell you what’s happening next.

Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm

What an odd but strangely wonderful combination. Miraculously, Radcliffe is pulling himself out of the child-actor muck slowly but surely. Sure, he had to get naked with a horse to do it, but we all need to take baby steps.

And what can I say about Jon Hamm that hasn’t been said before by a more devout follower of Purple Prose? He’s a man-god in the actor scale. He’s almost a George Clooney. And, in case you forgot, GC didn’t really “grow into his role” until he was in his mid-thirties either. Nowadays, I suspect he’s probably shellacking that look into place George Hamilton-style.

Radcliffe and Hamm working together is like watching a fine play unfold. There are moments of quiet. Moments of disturbing imagery. Intrigue. Comedy! Which brings us to…

It’s Funny

Humour in that grand traditionally Russian kind of way. You’ll recognize it if you can see it. And you’ll laugh that snarky half-laugh half-scoff that all Eastern Europeans (apart from the Finns and Estonians) seem to have.

Have you seen Fiddler on the Roof? Now you know what I’m talking about.

And, for the rest of you, Mikhail Bulgakov, whose book A Country Doctor’s Notebook the series is based on, would approve.

It’s Pretty

But sometimes disturbing as well. I won’t even tell you the scene I watched of Radcliffe hacking away at a poor peasant girl’s gangrenous leg in episode two.

You can catch A Young Doctor’s Notebook on Sky Arts in the UK. Hopefully we’ll see it on Netflix in North America soon enough.

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