The new BBC series This Is Going To Hurt has proven to be a hit with viewers for its unflinching depiction of the lives of many healthcare workers.
Described as a ‘love letter to the NHS’, the show is a candid story of life and death told by a young doctor.
It stars Ben Whishaw and is based on the best-selling non-fiction memoir of the same name by author Adam Kay.
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It follows Adam in his chaotic work in obstetrics and gynecology as he deals with the mess and fatigue of hospital life – from unexpected births to shock patient deaths.
At the same time, he has to navigate his personal relationships, including his parents – who he hasn’t dated yet.
Adam Kay, now 41, was a doctor from 2004 to 2010. He worked for several years as a trainer in obstetrics and gynecology before leaving medicine for a career as a writer.
Her first book was This Is Going to Hurt, which was based on her journals from her former medical career. It became an instant bestseller after its release in 2017.
What other books has Adam Kay written?
Kay’s second book, Twas the Nightshift before Christmas, was released in October 2019. For the follow-up book, Kay delved into her journals for a sometimes hilarious, sometimes gruesome look behind the NHS curtain at Christmas – paying homage to all the caregivers who dedicate time to their families during the holiday season to help the sick. It was also a bestseller.
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What TV shows has Adam Kay worked on?
Kay founded parody music group Amateur Transplants in the early 2000s, with their songs dealing primarily with medical topics. One of their tracks London Underground, written to the tune of The Jam’s Going Underground, gained internet popularity in the UK in 2005.
Kay is also an established screenwriter. He wrote and co-created the 2015 BBC Three sitcom Crims – about two men sent to a juvenile facility after one implicates the other in a bank robbery without telling him first.
Other shows he has worked on as a writer and script editor include Mrs Brown’s Boys, Very British Problems, Up the Women, Mitchell and Webb and Child Genius.
In April 2020, it was announced that Kay would be curating and editing a collection of personal NHS stories. The book – titled Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You – was published the following July and included letters from Sir Paul McCartney and Dawn French.
Who is Adam Kay married to?
Kay lives in Oxfordshire with her husband James Farrell, a Game of Thrones executive.
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