Ben Whishaw will star in a BBC adaptation of Adam Kay's best-selling memoir, This Is Going To Hurt, a candid look at the realities of life as a junior doctor. Lucy Forbes, known for her work on End of The F***ing World, has been enlisted as lead director.
The book was first released in 2017 and fast became a best-seller. It takes the form of diary entries written by Kay during his medical training from 2004 to 2010, chronicling the challenges of working 97-hour weeks and the everyday difficulties and stresses that junior doctors face.
"I am proud to join this exciting adaptation of Adam Kay’s terrific book This is Going to Hurt based on his experiences working in the NHS," said Ben Whishaw. "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," he continued. "I look forward to telling this story with director Lucy Forbes and the great team at Sister to bring Adam’s words to life and I am really grateful to be a part of it."
Kay himself is writing and executive producing the series, which was commissioned by BBC Drama controller Piers Wenger. The BBC describes the "blisteringly funny, politically enraging and frequently heart-breaking" TV adaptation as "a show about trying to be a good doctor in a system which can sometimes feel like it’s working against you".
News of the TV version was announced in July 2018. No air date has been disclosed yet, but This Is Going To Hurt will be broadcast on BBC Two.
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