The first series of Young Doctor’s Notebook came with a fizz and a bang. It was wholly satisfying and enjoyable, boasting a stellar cast and an impressive story. It bordered on bleak and hilarious, a perfect balance of the darkness and comedy. The first season was quite genius. So there was much anticipation surrounding the second series, much anticipation, especially with the fizz and the bang. Unfortunately, the greatness of Young Doctor’s Notebook has fizzled out, and there was no bang, more of a pop. And a faint one at that.
But despite all the good elements here, it fails to ignite the passions that the first series did. In fact, it didn’t ignite anything. It was pretty bland and boring. The problem here is that it is extremely self-indulgent. It actually feels like it is screaming; “look at us, we are different” followed by “We have Harry Potter and Don Draper.” It is ok to have those elements and it is ok to do that. But it doesn’t expand on it. It goes the same way “different” shows do and just repeats the format. It was really, boring, which is a massive shame.