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A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories 

In the early 20th century, a young doctor arrives in a small Russian village around the time of the Russian Revolution to work in the local hospital.
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2013   2012  
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Jon Hamm ...  Older Doctor 8 episodes, 2012-2013
Daniel Radcliffe ...  Young Doctor 8 episodes, 2012-2013
Rosie Cavaliero ...  Pelageya 8 episodes, 2012-2013
Adam Godley ...  The Feldsher 8 episodes, 2012-2013
Vicki Pepperdine Vicki Pepperdine ...  Anna 8 episodes, 2012-2013
Daniel Cerqueira Daniel Cerqueira ...  Vlas 4 episodes, 2013
Tim Steed Tim Steed ...  NKVD Agent Kirill 4 episodes, 2012
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In the early 20th century, a young doctor arrives in a small Russian village around the time of the Russian Revolution to work in the local hospital.

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6 December 2012 (UK) See more »

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A Young Doctor's Notebook See more »

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A verst is an obsolete Russian unit of distance. It is equal to 1.0668 km, or 0.6629 mi (3,500 ft). See more »

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Disturbingly funny
16 December 2013 | by Katherina_MinolaSee all my reviews

Daniel Radcliffe stars as a young doctor, who in 1917, is sent to a remote village hospital in Russia, where he has to contend with eccentric staff, few supplies, and his own growing morphine addiction. Not to mention the various conversations he has with his older self (played by John Hamm).

In parts, the show is quite gruesome - it certainly made me wince! - but it also manages to be extremely funny - sometimes guiltily funny, as I found myself laughing at the inappropriateness of certain comments and situations.

Daniel Radcliffe surprised me by being very good as the younger doctor, while John Hamm is just super as his older, somewhat wiser self, who tries to stop his younger self from the mistakes he is about to make. The supporting cast are excellent, especially Adam Godley as the dull (to his colleagues, certainly not to the viewers) assistant.

What I really liked is the inversion of the popular 'doctor as hero' storyline. This doctor is most certainly not a hero - he can be uncaring about his patients, filching morphine for his own use rather than for those who really need it, he is a coward at times, and incredibly selfish. And of course, he is able to see himself being all of those things, but is powerless to stop himself.

It's well acted, well-written, will make you laugh and make you squirm - and it's definitely worth watching!


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