Thesps will play same character in British show
LONDON Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe have been confirmed as the stars of a new U.K. comedy drama miniseries based on a Russian novel in which they both play the same character.
The pair feature in “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” a four-part skein inspired by a collection of short stories by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov set during the Russian Revolution.
Hamm takes the role of the older doctor, who has a series of bleakly comic exchanges with his younger self, portrayed by Radcliffe.
Show has been green lit by Sky Arts, owned by U.K. pay box BSkyB, and will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
The producer is Big Talk Productions in association with Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt’s Point West Pictures.
Hamm said: “Big Talk has been championing this project unabashedly and I share their great enthusiasm for bringing something original, dark, funny and moving to light.
“Also, I have been watching ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ on infinite loop, and I think I’ve finally got this accent thing sorted…”
Radcliffe added: “I have been an obsessive Bulgakov reader for a couple of years now so when the opportunity to become involved in this project came up, I could barely contain my excitement.
“The book is funny, grotesque and heartfelt in equal measure and I look forward to working with a great group of people to help bring it to life.”