When it comes to book-to-television adaptations, sometimes the final result can be as awe-inspiring and gripping as the original tale (hello, Sally Rooney's Normal People) and the latest best-seller to get the TV treatment is going to be no different. Former doctor Adam Kay's autobiography, This Is Going To Hurt, details his experiences working at the National Health Service (NHS), but in a uniquely comedic way.
The book, which received critical acclaim upon its release in 2017, is a collection of diary entries written by Kay during his medical training from 2004 to 2010, depicting the political issues in the health system, as well as the societal conflicts between doctors and their patients. But, Kay does so with his uniquely witty and hilarious point of view.
The series will be developed into eight episodes with The Hollywood Reporter starring Golden Globe-winner Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins) as its titular character and director Lucy Forbes (The End of the F***ing World) at the helm.
“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,” Kay told the BBC, who will be releasing the series. “It’s been a huge privilege to have my diaries reach so many readers and it’s been 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.”
While we don't know too much more about the series, we're already eagerly anticipating its arrival on our screens.