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A Young Doctor's Notebook [DVD]

Daniel Radcliffe , Jon Hamm , Alex Hardcastle    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm, Rosie Cavaliero, Adam Godley, Vicki Pepperdine
  • Directors: Alex Hardcastle
  • Writers: Mark Chappell, Shaun Pye, Alan Connor
  • Producers: Clelia Mountford
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009AWLDBO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm are to star in a comedy drama about the Russian revolution on Sky Arts. The pair will play the same doctor at different stages of his life in the four-part series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. Hamm will play the older man, who has a series of “bleakly comic” exchanges with his younger self, played by Radcliffe. Based on a collection of short stories, ‘A Country Doctor's Notebook’, by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. draws heavily from the author’s own experiences as a medical graduate on the eve of the Russian Revolution, Bulgakov describes a young doctor’s turbulent and often brutal introduction to his practice in the backward village of Muryovo. Using a sharply realistic and humorous style, Bulgakov reveals his doubts about his own competence and the immense burden of responsibility, as he deals with a superstitious and poorly educated people struggling to enter the modern age.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men's Jon Hamm are to star in a comedy drama about the Russian revolution on Sky Arts. The pair will play the same doctor at different stages of his life in the four-part series, A Young Doctor's Notebook, by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. Hamm will play the older man, who has a series of "bleakly comic" exchanges with his younger self, played by Radcliffe. Based on a collection of short stories, 'A Country Doctor's Notebook', by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. draws heavily from the author's own experiences as a medical graduate on the eve of the Russian Revolution, Bulgakov describes a young doctor's turbulent and often brutal introduction to his practice in the backward village of Muryovo. Using a sharply realistic and humorous style, Bulgakov reveals his doubts about his own competence and the immense burden of responsibility, as he deals with a superstitious and poorly educated people struggling to enter the modern age. ...A Young Doctor's Notebook ( A Young Doctor's Note book - Season 1 )

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 20 Dec 2012
Format:DVD
What a gem this programme is. Dark, funny, and brilliantly acted. Daniel Radcliffe has really come a long way since Harry Potter; he throws off the Boy Wizard image fully in this 4-part series, which sees him smoking and taking drugs, amongst other activities Hogwarts definitely wouldn't allow. And credit where it's due- his acting is fantastic in this.

The entire main cast work brilliantly together to create highly watchable episodes, which range from the hilarious, to the disgusting, to the heartbreaking.

Die-hard fans of Mikhail Bulgakov will no doubt find many faults in this for not accurately portraying the book, but if you're looking for a dark comedy with plenty of gore, this is the show for you.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Sky Arts ! 19 Dec 2012
Format:DVD
What a treat ! Having read the book just before the series came out I was very anxious to see how well it had been adapted to the screen. I must say this series had exceeded my expectations. There's a perfect balance of British humour and Russian comedy that is perfectly in keeping with Bulgakov's style and universe. It is fast-paced and highly intertaining, while retaining a certain theatricality that really pays tribute to the book. Highly recommended !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and hilarious mini-series 25 Feb 2013
By Daniel
Format:DVD
A set of dark short stories set in middle-of-nowhere Russia, where a newly trained doctor tries to live up to the reputation of his predecessor - the great Leopold Leopoldovich - whilst battling a morphine addiction. Not only is it dark, but it's really funny! The script, the way it's shot, and the acting make it a delight to watch. I was curious about Daniel Radcliffe's reputed acting talents too (not particularly evident in the Harry Potter films, or Woman in Black), but he played his role brilliantly here.

There seemed to be a lack marketing for this program - the only reason I knew it existed was an advert of 4OD. It's a shame too, as I think there will be a lot of people missing out on an excellent series. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a required taste 23 Jun 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
John Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe are both excellent in this. This is a tour through human emotions. Its horrible, sarcastic, sad, repelling and hysterically funny. You are constantly torn between laughing out loud and wanting to leave the room. Emotive stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise 26 Mar 2013
Format:DVD
I admit it. I ended up with this DVD by accident, thinking it was a film rather than a four-part television adaptation, and didn't realise that it was based on Mikhail Bulgakov's writing. So what a pleasant surprise! This is a comedy drama about a newly-qualified Russian doctor practicing in a rural community. Much as it is set in 1917, the Russian Revolution itself plays little part in the proceedings. Instead we see the doctor's bumbling first few months through to the beginnings of his slide into drug addiction. The first episode in particular contains fantastic comedy acting from Daniel Radcliffe, showing a completely different side to Harry Potter, and the plot darkens as the episodes progress. It won't suit everybody, but I really enjoyed this, despite not getting what I expected!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a young doctor's notebook 26 Jan 2013
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if you never saw this first time around on sky tv it is worth getting it very well acted an excellent buy
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judging by the 1st episode... 6 Dec 2012
By David Sandilands VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Very good and really quite amusing! Proving there is a life available to Daniel Radcliffe beyond Hogwarts, he plays the young doctor in question with convincing fear and trepidation (and great humour, of the Russian variety, naturally). The performances from the rest of the cast are equally as good in their own roles, giving balance to the whole affair. It's a fine romp , one I hope is maintained throughout the series. In fact , I'm minded to read the book ... if there's a good translation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ignore 2 bad reviews 22 Nov 2013
By gfunk
Format:DVD
I've watched this and this is excellent. Funny witty sharp and smart.two great leads with great chemistry and supporting cast are first rate. If you think this is rubbish your taste ain't in your mouth. Laugh out loud comedy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars doctors a bit strange
worth watching
Published 20 days ago by darren rainey-penton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Quirky and offbeat. Great fun
Published 1 month ago by Peter Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars A INCREDIBLE FUNNY AND ENDEARING STORY ABOUT A RUSSIAN HOSPITAL AND...
This was a complete and Happy Surprise!
the only thing I wish I could change is that it is not long enough! I wish it would go on forever! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phil
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete and utter travesty
Fans of Mikhail Bulgakov should stay very well away from this DVD. It is an utter distortion and corruption of his stories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen wall
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of Russian soul
Good to see Daniel Radcliffe doing something with a bit more gravitas, and while the script, camerawork and acting was fine it didn't really have much Russian soul about it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Mad Pole
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought it would be
Acting is suburb and the story lines are funny in parts but as the series developed I did not like the story lines.
Published 5 months ago by Anna Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Got this for my sister for Christmas as am away travelling good thing is she loved it which was a good thing
Published 6 months ago by Abbi G
5.0 out of 5 stars Sky Arts Done It Again (Brilliant)
This DVD is fantastic, Loved the program when it was on Sky Arts so i at to buy it.
Great story played by brilliant actors. There's also a bit of comedy throughout the show.
Published 6 months ago by vickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Two very good actors and a very funny format will be buying the box set soon for my little girl
Published 6 months ago by doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackadder meets Dr. Zhivago!
A darkly comic masterpiece of television, based on a young doctor's addiction to morphine. Outstanding performances by all the cast, in their portrayal of the larger-than-life... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jacky Hintze
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