Ben Whishaw cast in BBC adaptation of Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt
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Ben Whishaw cast in BBC adaptation of Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt

Skyfall actor will star as Kay in new drama based on award-winning, bestselling memoir about life as a junior doctor

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw has been cast as Adam Kay in an adaptation of This Is Going To Hurt
Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw has been cast as Adam Kay in an adaptation of This Is Going To Hurt

Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, A Very English Scandal) has been cast in Adam Kay’s forthcoming BBC series This Is Going To Hurt, based on his award-winning, bestselling memoir about life as a junior doctor.

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

Whishaw is set to play the fictional version of Adam, who wends 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 severe 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.

Whishaw says: “It’s an honest, hilarious, heart-breaking look at the great institution and the army of unsung heroes who work there under the most stressful conditions.

“The Covid-19 crisis has now shed even more light on their great work and underlines the necessity to support the NHS and its workers.”

Adam Kay’s memoir of life as a junior doctor will be adapted for a new BBC series
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