I’ve just finished watching episode 1 of A Young Doctor’s Notebook and I honestly don’t know what to say… EXCEPT THAT DANIEL RADCLIFFE IS BRILLIANT IN IT!!! (Uh-oh, fangirl alert!)
But before that, a bit of a background: A Young Doctor’s Notebook is based on a collection of notes written in 1916-1918 by Russian writer and doctor, Mikhail Bulgakov, about his own experience as a country doctor. He was supposed to publish a book of this collection, but he unfortunately died before he could do so. The awesome thing is that Sky Arts 1 picked it up recently and turned it into a mini-series featuring
my love Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm.
So how is it so far? Did I not already say? IT’S BRILLIANT!
Let’s start with Daniel
because Daniel is awesome and brilliant and awesome. I’ve always said that he should do more comedies because his comedic timing is just superb (based on his performances in New York last year), so imagine my excitement when I learned he was starring in this dramedy!
I love him. I’ve always loved him. Not so much in The Woman In Black, but I still love him. I love his adrenaline-induced acting in this one, especially. Here, he plays the young doctor from Moscow, who was sent off to this seemingly remote place just after graduating from medical school. He is then introduced to the hospital staff: one midwife, who obviously has high respect for the old doctor, Leopold Leopoldovich (this is so funny); another, who sees Dan’s character as a teeny student; and lastly, the funny, awkward dentist.
Dan’s acting in this is highly commendable! Pay close attention to his facial expressions and nuances, ’cause that’s actually what did it for me. He has definitely come a long way since, I guess, The Woman In Black. It was fun seeing him squirm and act all anxious (because, you know, Harry Potter’s too cool for that, LOL).
Jon Hamm, on the other hand, plays the older version of the doctor, who finds his old journal which he wrote 17 years prior. We then see him inserting himself into his young self’s thoughts; telling old stories, giving advice, and wrestling with himself.
As I was doing my research, I found out that Hamm is actually American. WHAT. (Sorry, I don’t watch Mad Men!) His accent was pretty convincing, though, so that was good. He kind of reminded me of Jason Isaacs, actually. (Again, WHAT!)
Anyway, yeah, I like the series so far. It’s really funny (and a bit gory, oh gosh). The acting is wonderful, the production is wonderful, the writing is wonderful! (They keep pointing out how short Dan is, I can’t even! Poor Dan, LOL.) The episode is a bit quick, though — just 23 minutes of DanRad goodness — but be sure to check this out! You won’t regret it! 😀