This Is Going to Hurt review: Ben Whishaw shines as gritty but golden-hearted Doctor Adam Kay

Adam Kay found an innovative solution to junior doctors’ common problems of antisocial working hours, burnout, and daily dealings with death, illness, and dreaded patients. : instead, he became a superstar writer. This will hurt was one of those monolithic bestsellers that hit the charts and stayed there, seemingly a permanent fixture. It has been translated into 28 languages, won numerous awards and hosted sold-out live shows.

Now Kay, who has also written for several excellent comedy shows as well as Mrs Brown’s Boys, turned his book into an eight-part comedy on BBC One – one of the best series of the year so far. He had good sense to choose Ben Whishaw leader. Not surprisingly, given that it is a memoir adapted by its author, it is a sympathetic portrait. As an overworked junior registrar in the hospital’s labor ward, Adam is capable yet giving his best. You never get the feeling that there’s anything other than a glittering golden heart underneath his sometimes surly humor. “Close but bad,” he tells an incompetent junior doctor, Shruti (Ambika Mod), early on in this first episode. But in the end she redeemed herself, he helped her navigate some racist patients, and he proved himself.

Whishaw’s last outing was during his gig as Q in There’s no time to die. It’s refreshing to see him freed from the shackles of that messy franchise into a role better suited to his gifts. Also rest assured because This will hurt depends almost entirely on him. Adam is tough but empathetic, and shows a fluid comic timing when mocking a patient, or breaking through the fourth wall to observe, for example, a woman asking to see her medical ID. him after he had looked into her vagina.

The doctors told me their relationship with Kay’s work was complicated. He joked and described the NHS without the reverence of clapping carers potentially infecting people who don’t work for it. They also suggest some surprising urban hospital legends that seem to have struck him personally over the course of his brief career. I can understand why that would be frustrating if you’re forced to deal with more mundane everyday realities, but it’s better entertaining. Kay’s irreverence means he builds a world that’s more detailed and believable than other medical dramas. This hospital is a kingdom of blood, s***, anger, exhaustion, swearing and other unmistakable signs of real people. I love the dad-to-be with his bangs, getting ready for skin-to-skin contact with his newborn, while the doctors wrestle with forceps and his mate writhes in the air. pain. The only weaker is Mr. Lockhart (Alex Jennings), a stern Jaguar driving consultant there to cover up Adam’s flaws.

Around this boundary of all life and death, Adam somehow had to fit in with the regular obligations of a man in his twenties: relationships, family, social life . He left a mate’s stag to return to the hospital. “You’d rather be at work,” the friend told him, in disgust. Adam does not deny that. City of Holby this is not, but the same principles apply, in TV and in life: the deposit is always high in the hospital. When the hurt comes, the most bitter of all gives the sweetness of the levels.

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Tom Vazquez

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