27 February 2013

Updated: Global buyers for A Young Doctor's Notebook

BBC Worldwide announced yesterday that A Young Doctor's Notebook, the highly acclaimed Big Talk drama based on the memoirs by Mikhail Bulgakov, has been sold ahead of its official launch at BBC's Showcase 2013 to Germany (RTL Passion), Russia (RenTV), Spain (Wuaki.tv), Israel (Yes), Turkey (Dogus Yayin) and across Latin America (HBO). The series has been a huge success in the UK, as Sky Art 1's highest performing series to date.

source: Richard Spragg (Twitter)
Daniel Radcliffe, who stars as the young doctor, said, "I'm immensely proud of A Young Doctor's Notebook - I'm a Mikhail Bulgakov obsessive - and this is one of the most interesting and original projects I've had the pleasure to work on. To hear that the series is travelling far and wide makes it all the more valuable to me and I'm sure for Clelia, Kenton, Jon and everyone fortunate enough to be involved in creating it."

BBC Worldwide's Director of Drama, Caroline Torrance added, "To have two brilliant actors in the leading roles in Jon and Daniel and Big Talk on board as producers, it is clear A Young Doctor's Notebook will appeal to a number of audiences everywhere. The drama is completely unique and is on course to become a must-see classic."
BBC Worldwide Showcase is the largest event of its kind hosted by a single distributor. In this, its 37th year, over 700 of the world's most important TV buyers are attending the event in Liverpool.

Update: 10th May 2013: It is announced that the US also will be able to see AYDN this summer! Ovation acquired the rights via BBC Worldwide and will broadcast the series some time this fall.
"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."

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