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‘This Is Going To Hurt’ – get your first-look at Ben Wishaw’s BBC One and AMC drama

The first images have been released for BBC One and AMC’s adaptation of Adam Kay’s multi-million copy bestseller ‘This is Going to Hurt’.

The seven-part series stars Ben Whishaw, Dame Harriet Walter, Ambika Mod, Michele Austin, Alex Jennings and Rory Fleck Byrne. It has wrapped filming and will launch on BBC One and iPlayer.

At times hilarious, at times devastating, ‘This is Going to Hurt’ follows Adam (Whishaw), 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.

This Is Going to Hurt
Credit: BBC / AMC

Whishaw is joined by newcomer Ambika Mod as Shruti, a young junior doctor just starting in obstetrics and gynaecology. Naturally bright, diligent and caring, she has everything it takes to be a great doctor, but the job still finds ways to throw her into chaos and doubt.

Michele Austin (‘Meet the Richardsons’, ‘The Casual Vacancy’) plays Tracy, a confident, sharp-witted senior midwife and BAFTA-nominated Alex Jennings (‘The Crown’, ‘A Very English Scandal’, ‘Unforgotten’, ‘The Lady in the Van’) plays Mr Lockhart, a consultant and Adam’s domineering boss. Kadiff Kirwan (‘Chewing Gum’, ‘This Way Up’, ‘The Stranger’) plays Julian, Adam’s colleague and professional rival and Ashley McGuire (‘This Country’, ‘Malory Towers’, ‘It’s A Sin’) plays Miss Houghton, a formidable and forthright consultant who spots potential in Shruti.

EMMY-nominated Harriet Walter (‘Killing Eve’, ‘The Crown’, ‘Succession’) plays Veronique, Adam’s mother. Rory Fleck Byrne (‘Harlots’, ‘Vita and Virginia’, ‘Ghosts’) plays Adam’s boyfriend Harry, and Tom Durant-Pritchard (‘Feel Good’, ‘The Windsors’, ‘Judy’, ‘The Crown’) plays Adam’s best friend Greg; his two closest relationships and the ones forced to face the brunt of the pressures he faces at work.

The series is based on Adam Kay’s award-winning international multi-million selling memoir of the same name, which has sold over 2.5 million copies to date and has been translated into 37 languages. It is created, written and executive produced by Kay himself.

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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