Ben Whishaw to star in BBC’s This Is Going to Hurt
Staff Reporter | On 15, Jun 2020Reading time: 3 mins
Ben Whishaw will star in the new BBC series This Is Going To Hurt.
Based on Adam Kay’s award-winning international multi-million selling memoir of the same name, Whishaw (A Very English Scandal, Skyfall, London Spy) will play the screen version of Adam in the series which has been adapted by creator Kay himself.
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. Whishaw is set to play the fictional version of 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 that 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, serving as a stark reminder of the vital role played by the health service.
Produced by Sister (Giri/Haji, Chernobyl, Gangs Of London) in association with Terrible Productions, the series is directed by Lucy Forbes (In My Skin, The End of the F***ing World), with AMC on board as co-producer.
Created, written and executive produced by Adam Kay, This Is Going To Hurt is commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, is executive produced by Naomi de Pear (Don’t Forget The Driver, Flowers, The Bisexual) Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, Giri/Haji, The Split) for Sister, James Farrell (Untitled Game Of Thrones Prequel) for Terrible Productions, Mona Qureshi for BBC Two, as well as Kristin Jones and Dan McDermott for AMC, and is produced by Holly Pullinger (Don’t Forget The Driver).
Whishaw says: “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. 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 ever – and what better person to play Adam than the wonderful Whishaw! So looking forward to working with Ben, and the Sister team to bring Adam Kay’s painfully funny book to life.”
Kay adds: “There’s simply no one who could do a better job of playing (a much more handsome version of) me. Best still, I now have an answer to the standard dinner party question: ‘Who would play you in the story of your life?'”