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Alongside names like Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Nabokov, Mikhail Bulgakov is another one of those highly regarded Russian writers you may have been forced to study in college. His most famous novel, "The Master and Margarita," is often hailed as one of the most important pieces of 20th century literature but Sky Arts has turned to one of his lesser known works for an upcoming special as part of their Playhouse Presents series.

Based on a collection of Bulgakov's short-stories (titled "A Country Doctor's Notebook") that share the writer's semi-autobiographical experiences while working as a physician in a small village during the Russian Revolution, A Young Doctor's Notebook is a black comedy in four parts starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm as older and younger versions of the titular character. Yes. Harry Potter and Don Draper are the same person. Here's the first trailer...



As you can see, even though Radcliffe and Hamm exist in different times that doesn't stop the pair from interacting with each other (themselves) as the story unfolds by having the senior Doctor reflecting back on his notebooks. I really enjoyed the bleak comedy running trough the trailer for A Young Doctor's Notebook as well as the really muted color palette making it almost play like a horror film. Fitting since I'm sure some of the situations will be quite horrific and the conversation between generations also adds a sort of supernatural bent.

A Young Doctor's Notebook airs on Sky Arts HD in December as part of their Playhouse Presents series. Directed by Alex Hardcastle and written by Mark Chappell, Shaun Pye and Alan Connor, the special stars Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm.
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