Sky Arts eyes more A Young Doctor’s Notebook
Sky Arts is in talks to commission a second series of John Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe’s record-breaking drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook.
Big Talk Productions hopes to secure a window of availability with the two actors for a second series of the Playhouse Presents show, which launched last year with over 500,000 viewers – Sky Arts’ biggest ever audience.
The four-part series was based on a collection of short stories by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.
Hamm, best known for his role as Don Draper in US drama Mad Men, played a doctor working during the Russian Revolution who has a series of bleakly comic exchanges with his younger self, played by Radcliffe.
Recounting from his notebooks, the doctor considers his life and career as he tries to treat the patients of a village that is struggling to enter the modern age.
Big Talk, the indie behind BBC2 comedy Rev and Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner, made the series in association with Point West Pictures, the company owned by Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt.
“We hope to bring back A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” said Big Talk chief executive Kenton Allen. He added that Hamm and Radcliffe’s “heart is willing” but availability needs to be found in their diaries.
The first series debuted in December last year with 583,700 (2.29%) viewers and averaged 366,300 (1.45%) over its four parts.