A Young Doctor’s Notebook

aydnontdAfter four weeks of births, amputations, snow and bathtubs, Dan’s series A Young Doctor’s Notebook reached its dramatic and moving conclusion this evening. The series was a ratings winner for Sky Arts, with the first episode pulling in more than double the amount of viewers of the previously highest-rated broadcast.  Dan has mentioned that there has already been discussion about the possibility of a second series, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that happens!

There’s still no word when A Young Doctor’s Notebook will be broadcast outside of the UK, but in the meantime, you can purchase the Region 2 DVD at Amazon, BBC Shop, and Play.

What did you think to the series? Let us know in the comments.

  • Irene

    This is exactly the point what I’ve meaned. Critics’ reactions were too good to risk them, making new series. But I definitely don’t mind watching Dan as often as possible.:)

  • Irene

    I laughed and cried watching the film, it was a marvelous work. This duo, Dan and Jon is a pure brilliant! I don’t think that continuing the series would be a good idea as they showed us all Bulgakovs’ stories about young doctor, but I would be happy if they did something else together. Let me just drop a hint- Jon Hamm could be a great Woland;)

    • Emma

      I think they could easily continue the story beyond the written stories – perhaps they could detail Bulgakov’s time as a private physician, and then as an army medic? That’s just a couple of years after the events of Notebook.

      Jon Hamm as Woland? Could be interesting!

      • Irene

        Do you mean a biopic? Good idea, I love it, but it would be a big project as his life was full of works, events and romances. Bulgakov was in army both before and after revolution. I’m afraid that the series like that require a good deal of money. I suppose that having such money, Dan would prefer his dream is come true. I mean the M&M.
        Hamm as Woland- yes, the idea is not such a big surprize, it is reasonable. But the other one has stricken me. Suddenly I’ve seen Jim Carrey as Koroviev. They both and Dan- Behemoth. Oh, dear! Believe me- in my head it has been incredibly funny, it has been a firework! :D

        • Emma

          I was thinking of it more as an extension of the events of A Young Doctor’s Notebook, which I understand to be a somewhat dramatised version of Bulgakov’s experiences as a young doctor. Though it wouldn’t be too difficult for them to continue the story in the current setting, even without a lack of additional source material.

          Dan would love to be involved in any production of The Master and Margarita, I’m sure.

          • Irene

            In the book the story doesn’t look so hard. They have to make it stronger for creating the link between the short, rather non-linked, original stories. They chose the hardest thing, “The morphine” as a ‘glue’ of series. If they are gonna do some biopic, it can’t be made as the original story is already changed . Bulgakov gave up the drugs when he was still very young. Of course, they might continue the film with new screenplay but who can be sure that it would be as good as Bulgakov’s work is? I don’t think they would take such a risk. Do you?

          • Emma

            Well, Dan mentioned at a press conference for the series that they were talking about the possibility of a second series. We’ll see! The ratings and critical reception were certainly good enough for them to consider it.

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