Hailed as “the best medical drama in years” by TIME, This Is Going To Hurt is now available to binge.
Emmy winner Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns, Q in the last three Bond films, and the voice of Paddington) stars as real-life doctor Adam Kay, whose bestselling memoir of the same name was based on his diaries, scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, telling the unvarnished truth of life as a doctor working in obstetrics and gynaecology, “also known as brats and twats”, as he says in the show.
Directed by BAFTA winners Lucy Forbes and Tom Kingsley, the seven-part limited series is MetaCritic’s eighth best-reviewed series of 2022 so far and has a 95% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The actors on the show received basic medical training from working medical advisors, while real hospital staffers played the extras. “No corners are cut on the medical side of things,” says Ambika Mod, the co-star. “We really learned how to do a caesarean; we really learned how to do a forceps procedure; we really learned how to do all that stuff. It’s as true to life as we could have made it.”
Adam Kay hopes the show will help shift the dial on how the healthcare system deals with the mental wellbeing of its staff. “People will potentially be very surprised about quite how deep the deep end is in medicine,” he says, “and how steep the learning curve accordingly has to be. I wish I could say that any aspect of this has been exaggerated. By the very nature of the job, there are a lot of ‘bad days’, and on a labour ward, those bad days can obviously be extremely bad.”
This is going to hurt is available to stream on Showmax.