BBC Two has announced an eight-part comedy-drama series entitled This Is Going To Hurt, based on the book of the same name written by Adam Kay.
Here’s the official summary of Kay’s book, to give you a taste of what the series might entail:
“Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.”
And here’s what Kay, who will adapt the diaries to television himself, had to say about the project:
“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. 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.”
Kay will serve as an executive producer on the series, alongside Naomi De Pear from Sister Pictures and Mona Qureshi from the BBC.
There’s no word yet on the casting or release date for the series, but we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop as we hear more.