Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Daniel Radcliffe Leaves Potter Behind, Re-Teams with Jon Hamm in UK's 'A Young Doctor's Notebook' Season Two (VIDEOS)

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 9, 2014 at 12:32PM

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.
0
Radcliffe and Hamm in 'A Young Doctor's Notebook'
Radcliffe and Hamm in 'A Young Doctor's Notebook'

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:

 

This article is related to: Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm, Harry Potter, News


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.