Fans of the best-selling novel This Is Going To Hurt won’t have long to wait and see how the chaos unfolds in the upcoming BBC series.
The brand-new seven-parter medical drama goes behind-the-scenes of a fictional NHS ward with junior doctor Adam Kay.
The show is based on the diary entries of real life Adam – ex-doctor and author of the book of the same name – detailing the craziness that comes with working on the NHS frontline.
As the premiere date looms, here’s everything you need to know.
When will This Is Going To Hurt be released?
This is Going to Hurt will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from February 8.
The series, which is created, written and executive produced by Kay himself, rejoices in the laugh-out-loud highs, while pulling no punches in its depiction of the gut-wrenching lows of life on a gynaecology and obstetrics ward.
The official synopsis of the show reads: ‘At times hilarious, at times devastating, This is Going to Hurt is a series following Adam, a doctor 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.
‘Adam is 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.’
Who is in This Is Going To Hurt?
BAFTA award-winning actor Ben Whishaw will be taking the lead as Adam in the new adaptation.
Viewers are used to seeing the star on the big screen following his starring role as Q in the last three James Bond films.
He also featured in Eddie Redmayne’s The Danish Girl and voiced Paddington Bear in the live-action movie.
However, Whishaw is no stranger to BBC drama’s as some of his previous work include A Very English Scandal, Criminal Justice and The Hours.
Speaking about his latest role, he said he was ‘proud’ to be part of the show adaptation and revealed the show emphasises the heroic work of NHS workers.
‘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,’ he said.
‘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.’
Ambika Mod, Alex Jennings, Harriet Walter, Rory Fleck Byrne, Tom Durant-Pritchard, Michele Austin, Kadiff Kirwan and Ashley McGuire make up the supporting cast.
Is there a trailer for This Is Going To Hurt?
Yes, there is.
Episodes will run for approximately 45 minutes, with seven in total and the BBC dropped the official trailer on January 21.
The 30-second promo shows Whishaw in character dealing with several pregnant women at a time before he concludes: ‘Welcome to the NHS.’
The memoir, which was published in 2017, sold over 2.5million copies and Kay picked up four gongs at the National Book Awards during that year.
This Is Going To Hurt airs on February 8 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.