The arts network, Ovation, has acquired the rights to the Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) mini-series, A Young Doctor’s Handbook. The series’ pick-up was announced by Ovation after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide.
“As a cause-based media company dedicated to the arts, Ovation is the perfect home for such a rich visual adaptation of this classic literary work,” said Robert Weiss, Ovation’s Chief Creative Officer. “It’s an honor to deliver work from artists as passionate about this project as Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe.”
The adaption, which debuted on Sky Arts in the UK last year, chronicles an opiate-addicted doctor, played by Hamm, who looks back on the days of his youth. Daniel Radcliffe will play the younger version of the doctor, fresh out of graduate school.
“I’m thrilled that Ovation has picked up the rights to broadcast A Young Doctor’s Notebook stateside,” Hamm said. “Like our UK benefactor Sky Arts, they have proven to be a singular champion of unique, artistic projects that often remain unseen in the current commercial broadcast landscape. I hope everyone enjoys A Young Doctor’s Notebook as much as we enjoyed making it.”
‘A Young Doctor’s Handbook’ was inspired by the book by the same name of novelist and playwright, Mikhail Bulgakov. Mark Chappell, Shawn Pye and Alan Connor wrote the screenplay for television. The production comes from co-producers Big Talk Productions and Jon Hamm’s Points West production company.
The series is slated to air on Ovation this coming fall.