A new season of Brit drama “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” once pegged as a four-part miniseries for the UK’s Sky 1, now offers Daniel Radcliffe an extended stay in the television realm — and life beyond Harry Potter.
More than 18 months after the airing of what is now its first season, he and Jon Hamm — no stranger to television, needless to say — are both returning to the role of Vladimir Bomgard, a Russian doctor who, as we see in both 1917 and the early ‘30s, is struggling with opium addiction. (BTW, so is Clive Owen’s 1900 surgeon in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming “The Knick” on Cinemax.) Flashbacks divide the two roles, but Radcliffe and Hamm interact onscreen, from consoling each other to dancing with their older (or younger) self. Opium is one hell of a drug.
Radcliffe offered some kind words about his collaboration with Hamm in a new story at USA Today, which offers a brief peek inside his unusually diverse post-Potter career. While an actor with his exposure and over-the-pond national origin going the miniseries route is hardly novel, it’s hard to forget that we’re looking at the former star of film’s highest-grossing franchise.
The decisions Radcliffe has made since 2011 are better than those of most young actors. Currently working on Broadway in “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” the Tony-nominated revival of the dark comedy by Martin McDonagh (“Seven Psychopaths,” “In Bruges”), he’s remaining on screens in a smaller capacity with this summer’s “What If” and this fall’s “Horns.” Don’t forget his winning role in last fall’s beatnik coming-of-ager “Kill Your Darlings.” (There’s also a cameo in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck,” opening next year.) From a series to a play to smaller big-screen turns, this mix-match is, in his own words, “the most exciting way of doing my job.”
This doesn’t mean things are headed downhill. There’s something a bit modest about the less-than-90-minutes of exposure offered by one season of “A Young Doctor’s Notebook.” But at least Radcliffe’s choosing classy material. (And not wearing a bag on his head. )
U.S. audiences can see the second season later this summer. Watch Radcliffe play games with BuzzFeed, and watch the “Young Doctor’s Notebook” series two trailer, below: