BBC Two has ordered an adaptation of This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. Deadline reported that the "eight-part comedy drama, which tells of life on the hospital ward, is produced by Jane Featherstone's Sister Pictures and comes after the indie production company optioned the book at the end of last year." Kay is adapting his book and will exec produce through his own Terrible Productions, alongside Sister Pictures' Naomi De Pear and Mona Qureshi. The project was commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, and Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two.
"Junior doctors tend to have a rather quiet voice compared to the politicians, which is understandable--you don't have much spare time if you're working 100 hour weeks," said Kay. "It's been a huge privilege to have my diaries reach so many readers and it's been absolutely humbling to see their reaction. I'm beyond delighted to now be able to share my story with a far wider audience and make the viewers of BBC Two laugh, cry and vomit."
Wenger added: "The anarchic, laugh out loud tone of Adam's memoir masks a frank, insightful and often visceral portrait of a committed young professional struggling to do the job of his dreams. It is a deeply personal but definitive account of the 21st century NHS and we are thrilled that Adam and the team at Hootenanny and Sister have chosen BBC Two as the place to bring it to screen."