Doctor-turned-comedy writer Adam Kay mined his experience as a junior doctor in the NHS for his memoir This Is Going To Hurt, chronicling 97-hour weeks and low-paid life-or-death decisions on the obstetrics and gynaecology ward (aka 'brats and twats') across his diary entries between 2004 and 2010.
Kay will be writing and producing the upcoming screen adaptation, and a loose version of himself will be played by Paddington Brown himself – Ben Whishaw. The British actor, who voices Paddington, and plays Q in the current James Bond series, has been racking up roles in indie projects and starry adaptations alike.
Whishaw last worked with the BBC on A Very English Scandal opposite Hugh Grant, and starred in the BFI's offbeat thriller Little Joe with Emily Beecham. Of Kay's book, Whishaw said: “It’s an honest, hilarious, heart-breaking look at the great institution and the army of unsung heroes who work there under the most stressful conditions.
"The Covid-19 crisis has now shed even more light on their great work and underlines the necessity to support the NHS and its workers."
And if that casting wasn't enough? Kay's story is safe in the hands of promising TV director Lucy Forbes, who will both produce and direct. Forbes helmed Channel 4's sardonic comedy The End of the F***ing World and six episodes of Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe in 2013, to name only a couple of her credits.
There's no word on a release date or other cast members just yet – but this will certainly be something to look forward to post-lockdown.
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