This Is Going To Hurt. Adam (Ben Whishaw).

This Is Going To Hurt

BBC One comedy drama about junior doctors. 8 episodes (1 series) in 2021. Stars Ben Whishaw, Ambika Mod, Michele Austin, Alex Jennings and others.

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This Is Going To Hurt. Image shows from L to R: Shruti (Ambika Mod), Adam (Ben Whishaw).

This Is Going To Hurt

Comedy drama series based on Adam Kay's book about his time as a junior doctor

Comedy Drama
8   (1 series)
Adam Kay
Ben Whishaw, Ambika Mod, Michele Austin, Alex Jennings, Kadiff Kirwan, Ashley McGuire, Harriet Walter, Rory Fleck Byrne and Tom Durant-Pritchard
Adam Kay
Lucy Forbes
Holly Pullinger

Comedy drama series based on Adam Kay's best selling book about his time as a junior doctor. Set on labour ward with all its hilarity and heart-lifting highs but also its gut-wrenching lows, the show delivers a brutally honest depiction of life as a junior doctor on the wards, and the toll the job can take back home.

Kay's diaries, scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, tell the unvarnished truth of life as a doctor working in obstetrics and gynaecology.

The show focuses on Adam, who we find wending his way through the ranks of hospital hierarchy - junior enough to suffer the crippling hours, but senior enough to face a constant barrage of terrifying responsibilities. The series sees Adam clinging to his personal life as he is increasingly overwhelmed by stresses at work: the 97-hour weeks, the life and death decisions, and all the while knowing the hospital parking meter is earning more than him.

This Is Going To Hurt is a show about trying to be a good doctor in a system which can sometimes feel like it's working against you. Like the book, the series will depict life on and off the hospital ward with frank and often shocking honesty. The series rejoices in the highs, while pulling no punches in its depiction of the gut-wrenching lows, and celebrates the everyday superstars of the health service who keep our hospitals running.

Blisteringly funny, politically enraging and frequently heart-breaking, Kay's adaptation continues to be a stark reminder of the vital role played by the health service and is a clarion call to continue to support our medics, at a time when that message is more urgent than ever.

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