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Old 06-12-2012, 23:23
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Anyone else see this? Daniel Radcliffe stars as an inexperienced Russian doctor in Tsarist Russia.

Interesting, and occasionally funny, although I'm not sure about the bits where he interacts with his older self (Jon Hamm,
a real casting coup ).
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Old 06-12-2012, 23:59
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I quite liked it but best thing was I got to see the Chekhov short which followed. I would probably have missed it otherwise.
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Old 07-12-2012, 19:06
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Anyone else see this? Daniel Radcliffe stars as an inexperienced Russian doctor in Tsarist Russia.

Interesting, and occasionally funny, although I'm not sure about the bits where he interacts with his older self (Jon Hamm,
a real casting coup ).
Thought it was very good....and yes, what a coup with 'Don', playing the Older Doc....but why are the 'Police' searching his Office....
....But I don't want to know....




Not sure about the tooth/jaw extraction....
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Old 07-12-2012, 19:15
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I just caught up on this, really enjoyed it!
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Old 13-12-2012, 22:22
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It was pretty good again this week, although the scene when they operated on the poor little girl's injured legs was pretty graphic (muscles visible and everything!) Also you wouldn't
have wanted to be a patient back then- they wore no gloves or masks during an operation and Radcliffe's character was actually smoking near the operating table at one point!

I wonder why the soldiers are interviewing Hamm's
character in the flashbacks. Is he in trouble with the
secret police?
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Old 13-12-2012, 22:43
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Much better this week. A few laugh out loud moments and a couple of cover your eyes moments. Can't expect much more in 30 minutes!
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Old 13-12-2012, 22:45
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It was pretty good again this week, although the scene when they operated on the poor little girl's injured legs was pretty graphic (muscles visible and everything!) Also you wouldn't
have wanted to be a patient back then- they wore no gloves or masks during an operation and Radcliffe's character was actually smoking near the operating table at one point!

I wonder why the soldiers are interviewing Hamm's
character in the flashbacks. Is he in trouble with the
secret police? :eek
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Isn't it to do with him being a junkie and falsifying prescriptions to obtain morphine? Although, there's probably a bit more to it than that.
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Old 17-01-2013, 16:43
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I finally got round to watching the final 2 episodes of this and I must admit, at the end, it was a bit dark and chilling as he desends deeper and deeper into morphine addiction.
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Old 28-11-2013, 15:47
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It's back! The first ep had a Radcliffe's hilarious Bolshoi Ballet impersonation, and the
bit where he suddenly changed sides after hearing the soldiers outside were
Bolesheviks.

Wonder why the older Doctor is riding the rails though?
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Old 01-12-2013, 19:51
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So the Young Doctor is leaving his poor wife and going after the glamourous
aristocrat? Don't think this will end well....
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Old 01-12-2013, 20:08
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Er he is not married? !
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Old 01-12-2013, 20:51
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Er he is not married? !
I thought he was married to the nurse.
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Old 01-12-2013, 21:58
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I thought he was married to the nurse.
Nope. He was just having sex with her to pass the time.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:55
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The older doctor was apparently sent to the Gulag for being a morphine addict. He is now cured and has been kicked out of the Gulag. I assume he's riding the rails back to Moscow.

So far this series isn't as strong as the first one was. Does anyone agree? But I do have to say the glimpse into the Russian civil war is fascinating.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:19
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Poor old Pelageya! The Young Doctor is really not very nice at all, is he?
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Old 06-12-2013, 14:02
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Poor old Pelageya! The Young Doctor is really not very nice at all, is he?
The older Doctor certainly seems ashamed of his younger
self's actions. Remember when he said "I'm sure I spent
ages next to Pelageya" when his younger self spent
almost no time next to her?
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Old 06-12-2013, 14:23
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That's true, but to treat someone, especially someone you had had a relationship with in such a heartless way seems sociopathic really. And sociopaths are incapable of changing, aren't they? (yes I do realise it's only a story!). Is this based on fiction, or autobiography, do you know?

Re Pelageya: in the story is she supposed to be so much older than him? I checked and the actress is 45, Daniel R is 24. Or is the character supposed to be younger, as the Young Doctor was worried she might be pregnant?

Still, it is all a bit surreal anyway, so maybe it's not supposed to make sense!
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Old 06-12-2013, 18:21
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The show is based on A Country Doctor's Notebook by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. Bulgakov wrote the stories while he was working as a doctor at the time of the revolution in Russia. I was so impressed by the first series I checked the book out of the library.

I'm not as impressed with this series. The frame story with the older doctor isn't as gripping. The stories with the younger doctor aren't as striking as the portrait of isolation in the first series and the younger doctor's descent into morphine addiction.
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Old 13-12-2013, 11:14
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Did anyone watch the final episode?
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Old 17-12-2013, 02:18
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Yes. I didn't like this series as much as the first one. Tied up neatly with the old doctor going back to the old place.
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Old 17-12-2013, 06:52
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I thought the very last scene with the older doctor was moving. I wonder why, from the point of view of the story, they did the last series. It was a gloss on the events of the first series. Aside from the last scene it didn't tell us anything new about the younger doctor- except that addiction turned him into a horrendous jerk. The episodes with the red soldiers and the White guard didn't go into that much detail about the political changes in the country and the effect of the war. Not until the last episode. The whole series could have been half as long.
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