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'This is Going to Hurt': Real medics praise 'heartbreakingly accurate' drama

 This is Going to Hurt star Ben Whishaw plays Adam Kay
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This is Going to Hurt has arrived on BBC1, and viewers have already praised the series for its honest look at what it's like being a junior doctor.

The drama is based on the memoir of the same name by Adam Kay, a former junior doctor who now works as an author and comedian. All the events are true stories from Adam's time working in a hospital, and viewers are certainly impressed by what they have seen so far.

A lot happened in the first episode alone, first meeting Adam when he's asleep in his car, completely exhausted from his previous shift and 10 minutes late for his next one and the chaos is just starting for him.

We also meet a racist patient who causes problems for the already burned-out staff members who are trying to juggle a mountain of emergencies and responsibilities while abuse is being hurled, so it's an incredibly tense and uncomfortable environment.

Many healthcare professionals have taken to Twitter to praise the series, sharing their own stories and admitting how relatable it all is. The series mixes Adam's signature humor with some of the scary realities of hospital life, where people's lives are quite literally at stake.

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In addition to this, people are loving Ben Whishaw's portrayal of Adam and he has been described as "brilliant" and that he is "perfect casting" to take on the role of the former junior doctor.

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In an interview with us, Ben described This is Going to Hurt as "a love letter to the NHS" and explained how he and co-star Ambika Mod (Shruti) prepared for some of the intense surgery scenes with the help of professionals.

He said: "Ambika and I had some lessons, using prosthetic body parts. That was quite helpful. At one point, we were going to go to a hospital and maybe observe some people, but that was impossible when it came down to it, because we were in the middle of a lockdown, but I think we had a few afternoons with three brilliant doctors who advised us throughout the whole shoot. I seem to remember Ambika was a lot better than me at most of the things!" 

This is Going to Hurt continues on BBC1 on Tuesday 15 Feb. at 9pm. Episodes are also available on demand via BBC iPlayer.

Lucy Buglass
Lucy Buglass

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story and Black Mirror, but recently she's loving everything about Apple TV's Severance