In a fan fiction-worthy feat of casting (Don Draper and Harry Potter!), Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe play older and younger versions of a Russian doctor in the four-part British miniseries “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” which aired in the U.K. on Sky Arts in December and was the most successful program in the history of the network.
Arts channel Ovation will air the period drama, which is based on a collection of stories by Mikhail Bulgakov adapted by Mark Chappell, Shaun Pye and Alan Connor, in the U.S., and today announced a date for the premiere. The first part of the miniseries will debut on Thursday, October 3 at 8pm ET, with subsequent installments airing weekly.
“I’m thrilled that Ovation has picked up the rights to broadcast ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’ stateside,” said Hamm in the announcement. “Like our UK benefactor Sky Arts, they have proven to be a singular champion of unique, artistic projects that often remain unseen in the current commercial broadcast landscape. I hope everyone enjoys ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’ as much as we enjoyed making it.”
They apparently enjoyed making it a lot — Deadline reports that Hamm and Radcliffe have signed on for a second series, which will find the doctor battling a morphine addiction. Shooting is slated to start this summer.