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'This is Going to Hurt' — release date, cast, plot and all you need to know

This is Going to Hurt stars Ben Whishaw as Adam Kay
This is Going to Hurt stars Ben Whishaw as Adam Kay. (Image credit: BBC)

This is Going to Hurt is based on the multi-million copy bestselling book of the same name by former doctor Adam Kay. It follows the deeply personal and honest account of Adam's career, as a doctor who is junior enough to suffer the crippling hours, but senior enough to face a constant barrage of terrifying medical responsibilities as he navigates life on a hospital ward.

The series has just wrapped filming, and will be a 7-part series available on BBC1 and BBC iPlayer. Here's what we know about the adaptation so far...

This is Going to Hurt release date

A release date for This is Going to Hurt has not yet been confirmed by the BBC, but since filming has wrapped a date will be confirmed in due course. We'll let you know as soon as it's announced! We will also confirm when the series has a US release date.

What is This is Going to Hurt about?

This is Going to Hurt follows events detailed in the book of the same by Adam Kay, where he shares stories about his time as a junior doctor. In the memoir he discusses "97-hour weeks, life-and-death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids", which will be adapted into stories on screen.

Ben Winshaw and Ambika Mod in This is Going to Hurt

Ben Winshaw and Ambika Mod in This is Going to Hurt. (Image credit: BBC)

Who stars in This is Going to Hurt?

Ben Whishaw leads the cast, playing the role of Adam Kay in the series. He's joined by newcomer Ambika Mod as Shruti, a young junior doctor just starting in obstetrics and gynaecology who he works closely alongside. 

Additional cast includes Michele Austin as Tracy, a confident, sharp-witted senior midwife, Alex Jennings as Mr Lockhart, a consultant and Adam’s domineering boss. Kadiff Kirwan plays Julian, Adam’s colleague and professional rival and Ashley McGuire plays Miss Houghton, a consultant who spots potential in Shruti.

Is there a trailer?

Not yet! We'll let you know when that changes though.

Lucy Buglass

Lucy is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, 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 also a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema, setting up her own website Lucy Goes to Hollywood in 2017 to review films in her spare time. Her favourite genres are horror, thriller and anything crime related. When she's not writing about film and TV, you'll likely find her playing video games, reading, and trying her hand at podcasting.