Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

Charlie Brooker’s 2013 Wipe for BBC Two

28 December 2013

I am a proud member of Team 2013 Wipe, the fruit of whose toil will be on BBC Two tonight:

Update 6 Jan: And the second series of Weekly Wipe begins on Thu 9 Jan on BBC Two.

Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe for BBC Two

28 January 2013

I am a proud member of Team Weekly Wipe, which starts on BBC Two on Thursday evening at 22h00.

Update 01-02-2013: Here’s the programme, while it lasts:

Charlie Brooker’s 2012 Wipe for BBC Two

1 January 2013

I am a proud member of Team 2012 Wipe, the fruit of whose toil will be on BBC Two tonight:

Update 02-01-2013: Here’s the programme, while it lasts:

A Young Doctor’s Notebook: How We Adapted Mikhail Bulgakov

5 December 2012

Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm in A Young Doctor's Notebook

A piece for the Guardian about A Young Doctor’s Notebook: how we adapted the short stories for the screen and why Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm are playing the same nameless doctor:

Our focus was the emotional core of the hospital tales: the hardening of the junior medic. In Bulgakov’s book, in interior monologue, the young doctor wonders how a more experienced practitioner might react, wishing he had the composure of his future self. But as the story Morphine warns us, that older self may not be wiser; he might, in fact, be a junkie. We wanted to incorporate that story: on screen, the older doctor (Hamm) is right there for the younger (Radcliffe) to talk to; but he turns out to be a damaged man: nostalgic, regretful, not above the occasional pratfall.

A Young Doctor's Notebook - as seen on TV

An extra treat in the past week has been seeing Hugh Aplin’s and Michael Glenny’s translations now sporting AS SEEN ON TV labels

Mark Chappell writing A Young Doctor's Notebook

Mark Chappell in the office where we wrote AYDN

A Young Doctor's Notebook design department

In the design department

Shaun Pye as Yegorych

Shaun Pye relaxing on set

Models for the set of A Young Doctor's Notebook

Models for the hospital set

Alan Connor and Daniel Radcliffe

‘The cultured miller’ asks YD for a diagnosis

A Young Doctor's Notebook scripts

Oxford Textbook of Medicine...

A Young Doctor's Notebook

A Young Doctor’s Notebook for Sky Arts

19 May 2012


I am working on an adaptation of Mikhaíl Bulgakov’s Записки юного врача for Big Talk and Point West Picures, as A Young Doctor’s Notebook. It is part of Playhouse Presents….

The writers are Mark Chappell, me and Shaun Pye and the medium is comedy-drama. It’s set in 1917; while some press has inferred that the background is the first world war or the Russian revolution, the setting is in fact snow. Lots of snow.

More details in the Guardian

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm [will] play the same doctor at different stages of his life in the four-part series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.

Hamm will play the older man, who has a series of ‘bleakly comic’ exchanges with his younger self, played by Radcliffe.

…and I am sad that Variety’s piece includes no puns or jargon.