Painful as Hell (TV series)

Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt is a British medical comedy-drama television miniseries based on his memoir of the same name. The BBC and AMC collaborated on the show's production. It follows a group of junior doctors working on an obstetrics and gynecology ward in a National Health Service hospital. It examines the emotional effects of working in a stressful work environment and profiles their professional and personal lives. The story follows Adam Kay (Ben Whishaw) and Shruti Acharya (Ambika Mod) as they work their way up the hospital hierarchy. These characters both break the fourth wall and speak directly to the audience. This Is Going to Hurt tells its stories in both comedic and dramatic tones. On February 8, 2022, the seven-part series debuted on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It premiered on AMC in the United States on June 2, 2022. [2]

Premise [ edit ]

This Is Going To Hurt is a fictional adaptation of Adam Kay's book. [3] It is set in London in 2006 and follows a group of junior doctors working on a busy obstetrics and gynecology ward in an NHS hospital. [4][5] It portrays working in obstetrics and gynecology with frank honesty. It thoroughly investigates the emotional effects of working in a hospital on its employees. [3] It investigates the lack of support for junior doctors and how their accomplishments go unnoticed. [6] Throughout the episodes, the personal lives of the junior doctors are also explored. [5]

Characters and cast [ edit ]

Episodes [ edit ]

Production [ edit ]

Development [ edit ]

Sister Pictures announced in September 2017 that it had acquired the television rights to Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt, with Kay serving as writer and executive producer. [17] They won the rights in a twelve-way auction. Along with Kay, Naomi de Pear and Katie Carpenter were named series developers and executive producers. [17] Pear stated at the time that she wanted to create the series because "the NHS is a magnificent beast, and it's imperative that this story be told now." "[17] In June 2018, it was announced that Piers Wenger, BBC controller of drama, commissioned the series for an eight-episode order for the BBC Two channel, with AMC co-producing the series." [18][19] The total number of episodes produced is seven. [5] The series is produced by Sister Pictures, Terrible Productions, BBC Studios, and AMC Studios, with BBC Studios handling international distribution. [3] Episodes 1–4 are directed by Lucy Forbes, and Episodes 5–7 are directed by Tom Kingsley. [19] The BBC has appointed Mona Qureshi as an executive producer. [18] Other executive producers on the project included Jane Featherstone, James Farrell, Kristin Jones, and Dan McDermott, co-president of AMC Studios. [19] In December 2021, the BBC announced that the series would be broadcast on BBC One rather than BBC Two. [18] The show premiered on BBC One in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2022. [1] Each episode has a 45-minute running time. [1]

Soundtrack [ edit ]

Jarvis Cocker's band Jarv Is composed the soundtrack for the show, which they described as "our love song to the NHS." Each episode of the show includes at least one song written by Cocker. [20] In March 2022, the band Jarv Is released a full soundtrack album digitally through the Rough Trade Records label. [21] In October 2022, the album's vinyl edition was released. [22]

Casting [ edit ]

Ben Whishaw will join the cast in the lead role of Adam Kay in June 2020. [6] The networks involved in the project unanimously approved Whishaw's casting. [3] Wenger, the BBC Drama Controller, stated that Whishaw's signing was "a testament to the quality" of the scripts. McDermott, AMC Studios' co-president, was "overjoyed" to secure an "established talent." [3] Ambika Mod agreed to play Shruti Acharya, a junior doctor (SHO) in obstetrics and gynecology, early on. [23][24] In mid-2020, Mod received the first scripts for the role. She recalled how, after reading the first episode, Mod felt as if the role was "meant" for her. [25] The casting for the remaining main roles in the series was announced in June 2021. [23][24] These castings included hospital personnel and Adam's personal relationships. Michele Austin was cast as Tracy, a sharp-witted midwife, Kadiff Kirwan as Julian, Adam's rival work colleague, Ashley McGuire as Vicky Houghton, and Alex Jennings as Adam's boss, consultant Nigel Lockhart. [23][24][8] Rory Fleck Byrne played Adam's boyfriend Harry Muir, Harriet Walter as Adam's mother Veronique, and Tom Durant-Pritchard as his best friend Greg. [23][24]

Michael Workeye revealed in September 2021 that he had shot a role in the series. He described working with Whishaw and Kay as a "dream." [26] In November 2021, Josie Walker publicly revealed her role as Non-Reassuring Trace in the series. [27][8] Other actors who appeared in the film were James Corrigan as Welly and Alice Orr-Ewing as Emma. [9][8] British drag queen The Vivienne makes a cameo appearance as a nightclub bouncer in one episode. [28]

Filming [ edit ]

Principal photography began in February 2021 and concluded in June 2021. [29] Throughout the film, the characters Adam and Shruti both break the fourth wall and address the audience directly with dialogue. [30][25] Exterior hospital scenes were shot at Ealing Hospital.

Reception [ edit ]

A critical response [ edit ]

The series received positive reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting 94% approval over 36 reviews with an average rating of 8. 9 "Ben Whishaw's live-wire performance of an exhausted doctor powers This is Going to Hurt, a smart drama full of humor and pain," the website's critics consensus reads. "[31]Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, gave the film a score of 91 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim." [32]

The Radio Times gave the first episode 5/5 stars, with Lauren Morris writing, "the comedy drama impresses with its strong cast, bolstered by the show's soundtrack of mid-noughties earworms,"[33], while Lucy Mangan gave the first episode 4/5 stars for The Guardian. It "pulls no punches in portraying the difficulties of life as a junior medic," according to the author. [34] However, Rachel Cooke of the New Statesman found the characters' "unlikability" to be a "problem." [35]

The Independent's Ed Cumming praised the "good sense" casting of Whishaw in the lead role. [30] Cumming thought it was different from other medical dramas like Holby City. He believed they shared the same principles, namely that "the stakes are always high in a hospital, in TV and in life." [30] The Evening Standard's Katie Rosseinsky liked the "nostalgia in the show's mid-Noughties backdrop." She also praised Whishaw, saying that while the pace of drama is frantic, Whishaw is "such an engaging performer that the whole thing feels effortlessly authentic." [36] She went on to say that while Whishaw is "the anchor in the whirlwind of the ward," the show's ensemble cast is "similarly impressive." [36] Rosseinsky praised Mod for being a "standout in her first major TV role," while Kadiff Kirwan "is enjoyably superior as Adam's peer Julian." [36] The critic concluded that the show is "a deeply nuanced tribute that's horribly funny at times, heartbreakingly sad at others, and righteously angry at others." [36] GQ's Jack King described Shruti's story as one of the show's "most compelling, heart-wrenching subplots." He praised Mod's performance, referring to her as "2022's first bona fide breakout." [25]

Juliet Pearce, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust's director of nursing midwifery, praised the show. She called it "hilarious and heartbreaking," and a "reminder of the human emotions behind every tired, scared, and fallible healthcare professional." [37]Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, praised the series for highlighting the stresses of working in the NHS. [37]

Some viewers thought the series accurately depicted life on a maternity ward, while others thought it was misogynistic. According to Harriet Sherwood for The Guardian, some viewers accused the show of portraying birth as traumatic and women as disempowered, dysfunctional, and reduced to "slabs of meat." [37] Milli Hill, author of The Positive Birth Book and advocate for "alternative" birth methods, accused Adam Kay and the show's creators of sexism. [38] Hill criticized the show for being misogynistic. [37] Some pregnant women reported on social media that their midwives advised them not to watch the show. [37]

Nominations and awards [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c Emilia Kettle (February 28th, 2022) "BBC: This Is Going To Hurt complete cast list" The Free Press of Denbighshire Retrieved 5 March 2022
  2. ^ Meredith Jacobs is a writer. "'This Is Going to Hurt,' Ben Whishaw's New Comedy-Drama (VIDEO)" TV Insider Retrieved 1 July 2022
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ben Whishaw has been cast as the lead in the BBC Two adaptation of This Is Going To Hurt, which AMC is co-producing." The AMC Networks 14 June 2020 Retrieved 29 May 2021
  4. ^ Jack King (9 February 2022) ""I stopped counting caesareans after 270," says an NHS doctor on This Is Going To Hurt" GQ Retrieved 5 March 2022
  5. ^ a b c "This Will Hurt Season One" The New York Times
  6. ^ a b Jake Kanter (June 14, 2020) "Ben Whishaw and AMC Join The BBC Adaptation Of Adam Kay's Medical Memoir 'This Is Going To Hurt'" The Hollywood Deadline Retrieved 29 May 2021
  7. a b c d e f g h i j a b c d e f g h i j a Lauren Morris (16 February 2022) "Meet the cast of This Is Going to Hurt on BBC One" The New York Times Retrieved 5 March 2022
  8. a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k Katie Palmer (9 February 2022) "Who is in the cast of This Is Going to Hurt episode 1?" The Daily Express Retrieved 5 March 2022
  9. ^ a b "On BBC1, this is going to hurt with Alice Orr-Ewing and James Corrigan." Markham, Froggatt, and Irwin February 8, 2022 Retrieved 5 March 2022
  10. ^ "This is Going to Hurt, Part 1" BBC Online Retrieved 5 March 2022
  11. ^ "This is Going to Hurt, Part 2" BBC Online Retrieved 5 March 2022
  12. ^ "This is Going to Hurt, Part 3" BBC Online Retrieved 5 March 2022
  13. ^ "This is Going to Hurt - Episode 4" BBC Online Retrieved 5 March 2022
  14. ^ "This Will Hurt - Episode 5" BBC Online Retrieved 8 February 2022
  15. ^ "This Is Going to Hurt - Episode 6" is a television show that airs on the Fox network. BBC Online Retrieved 8 February 2022
  16. ^ "This Will Hurt - Episode 7" BBC Online Retrieved 8 February 2022
  17. ^ a b c "Adam Kay's book 'This Is Going To Hurt' has been optioned by Sister Pictures." Sister September 7, 2017 Retrieved 29 May 2021
  18. ^ a b c "BBC Two announces adaptation of Adam Kay's best-selling novel This Is Going to Hurt." BBC 6 July 2018 Retrieved 29 May 2021
  19. ^ a b c "Dame Harriet Walter will portray Adam Kay's mother." Chortle 24 June 2021 Retrieved 24 June 2021
  20. ^ "JARV...IS releases the complete soundtrack to the BBC comedy 'This is Going to Hurt.'" NME 21 March 2022
  21. ^ Music: "This Is Going To Hurt (Original Soundtrack) JARV IS..." apple com Retrieved 9 November 2022
  22. ^ "JARV IS... This Will Hurt." roughtrade com Retrieved 9 November 2022
  23. ^ a b c d Jake Kanter (June 24, 2021) "Harriet Walter and Alex Jennings Join BBC/AMC Series; First Look At Lead Ben Whishaw" The Hollywood Deadline Retrieved 24 June 2021
  24. ^ a b c d Zehra Phelan (June 24, 2021) "Ben Whishaw appears in first look images for the upcoming series 'This is Going to Hurt.'" HeyUGuys Retrieved 24 June 2021
  25. ^ a b c Jack King (15 February 2022) Ambika Mod of "This Is Going to Hurt" on the show's biggest twist GQ Retrieved 5 March 2022
  26. ^ "Big Age - Zeke is played by Michael Workeye" Channel 4 1 September 2021 Retrieved 5 March 2022
  27. ^ Claire McNeilly (November 29, 2021) "I was shot twice on stage and still bear the scars," says Northern Ireland actress Josie Walker, whose "heart goes out" to the family of Alec Baldwin's movie victim. Belfast Evening Telegraph Retrieved 5 March 2022
  28. ^ Hannah Van De Peer (February 25, 2022) "You'll recognize the cast of This Is Going To Hurt from here." The Tab Retrieved 5 March 2022
  29. ^ Richard Osley (February 19, 2021) "This is going to hurt: a glimpse of normal life in Marchmont Street as Ben Whishaw films a drama" New Journal of Camden Retrieved 29 May 2021
  30. ^ a b c Ed Cumming (9 February 2022) "In This Is Going to Hurt, Ben Whishaw shines as spiky, golden-hearted doctor Adam Kay." The New York Times Retrieved 5 March 2022
  31. ^ Season 1 of "This Is Going to Hurt" The Rotten Tomatoes Fandango Media Group Retrieved 17 June 2022
  32. ^ Season 1 of "This Is Going to Hurt" Metacritic Fandom Inc. Retrieved 17 June 2022
  33. ^ Lauren Morris (7 February 2022) "This Is Going to Hurt review: A heartfelt yet hilarious tribute to the NHS" The New York Times Retrieved 20th of February 2022
  34. ^ Lucy Mangan (February 8, 2022) "This Is Going to Hurt review - Ben Whishaw stars in a realism-packed adaptation" The Observer
  35. ^ Rachel Cooke (8 February 2022) "BBC One's This Is Going To Hurt is cold, mean, and, most importantly, not funny." The New Statesman Retrieved February 21st 2022
  36. ^ a b c d Katie Rosseinsky (February 8, 2022) "Review of This Is Going To Hurt: Hilarious, chaotic, and heartbreaking" Evening Standard (UK) Retrieved 5 March 2022
  37. ^ a b c d e Harriet Sherwood (18 February 2022) "'Childbirth as it really is': This Is Going to Hurt actor defends misogynistic series" The Observer Retrieved February 23rd 2022
  38. ^ Milli Hill (July 10, 2021) "I refuse to be silenced." Milli Hill Retrieved December 26th 2022
  39. ^ Hilary Lewis (October 25, 2022) "Tár and Aftersun Lead Nominees for Gotham Awards" According to The Hollywood Reporter, Retrieved 25 October 2022

External resources [ edit ]

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