BBC Two has given the greenlight to This Is Going To Hurt, an eight episode comedy drama adaptation of the bestselling diaries of junior doctor Adam Kay.
This Is Going To Hurt tells the unvarnished truth of life as a junior doctor: the 97-hour weeks, the life and death decisions, the constant tsunami of bodily fluids and the fact the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Set on labour ward, the series delivers a brutally honest depiction of life as a junior doctor on the wards, and the toll the job can take back home.
Kay himself is adapting his diaries for television. “Junior doctors tend to have a rather quiet voice compared to the politicians, which is understandable – you don’t have much spare time if you’re working 100 hour weeks”, he said. “It’s been a huge privilege to have my diaries reach so many readers and it’s been absolutely humbling to see their reaction. I’m beyond delighted to now be able to share my story with a far wider audience and make the viewers of BBC Two laugh, cry and vomit.”
The series was commissioned for BBC Two by the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger and BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland. It is being produced by Sister Pictures. The executive producers are Adam Kay is the creator and will also executive produce through his Terrible Productions banner. Sister Pictures’ Naomi De Pear and the BBC’s Mona Qureshi also executive produce. The BBC said that further details – including casting – would be announced at a later date.
“The anarchic, laugh out loud tone of Adam’s memoir masks a frank, insightful and often visceral portrait of a committed young professional struggling to do the job of his dreams”, Piers Wenger said. “It is a deeply personal but definitive account of the 21st Century NHS and we are thrilled that Adam and the team at Hootenanny and Sister have chosen BBC Two as the place to bring it to screen.”
“Adam is an extraordinary talent with a unique story to tell. His memoir ‘This is Going to Hurt’ leaps off the page with its candour, coruscating wit, intelligence and timeliness”, commented Patrick Holland. “This new series promises scintillating writing about a subject that is at the centre of national life. I am so delighted Adam and Sister Pictures have brought this to BBC Two.”
While executive producer Naomi de Pear added: “Hospitals are remarkable places where human beings are seen in all of their glory – where people are their bravest, kindest and sometimes silliest. And the world is envious of our hospitals for a reason, because they represent a system built on the humane belief that people deserve to be treated equally whatever their financial situation, especially in their hour of need. We want this show to be a call to arms.”