First look at BBC adaptation of Adam Kay’s bestseller ‘This Is Going To Hurt’

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First look at BBC adaptation of Adam Kay’s bestseller ‘This Is Going To Hurt’

Series wil star lSkyfall actor Ben Whishaw, drawing on the doctor's real-life experience working inside the NHS

This Is Going To Hurt
This Is Going To Hurt

First-look images have been released for the highly-anticipated BBC One adaption of Adam Kay’s bestseller, This Is Going To Hurt, which stars Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw.

At times hilarious, at times devastating, This Is Going To Hurt draws on Kay’s real-life experience as an NHS doctor surviving the gut-wrenching lows of life on a gynaecology and obstetrics ward.

Adam (played by Whishaw) is a doctor 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. 

He clings to his personal life as he becomes 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 he is.

Whishaw is joined by newcomer Ambika Mod as Shruti, a young junior doctor just starting in obstetrics and gynaecology, Michele Austin as Tracy,
a confident, sharp-witted senior midwife, and Bafta-nominated Alex Jennings (The Crown) who plays Mr Lockhart, a consultant and Adam’s domineering boss. 

This Is Going To Hurt

Emmy-nominated and Killing Eve star Dame Harriet Walter plays Veronique, Adam’s mother. 

The series, created, written and executive produced by Kay, is based on his award-winning international multi-million selling memoir of the same name, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies and been translated into 37 languages.

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