We discuss This is Going to Hurt, an early contender for best show of the year, the excellence of Ben Whishaw, why Ambika Mod is such an exciting newcomer, and how it brilliantly discusses the mental health of National Health Service workers.
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Content warning: This episode discusses suicide
This episode features Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney, Executive Editor Orla Smith, and Contributing Editor Lindsay Pugh.
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Adam Kay adapts his own memoir about his experiences as a junior doctor in an obstetrics and gynaecology ward at a National Health Service (NHS) hospital as a seven episode series. Ben Whishaw stars as Kay who, along with this colleague Shruti Acharya (Ambika Mod), navigates the stressful and underfunded NHS.
This is Going to Hurt is streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK and is coming soon to AMC in the US
On This Episode
- Related episodes (1:59)
- The origins of This is Going to Hurt (4:45)
- Why are we talking about this show? (9:42)
- The depiction of NHS working conditions (15:47)
- Who is Adam outside of being a doctor? (19:51)
- The lack of emotional support in the medical profession (32:19)
- Why the system does not improve (46:18)
- The best episode of This is Going to Hurt and the depiction of private health care (50:58)
- Ben Whishaw, Ambika Mod, and the ensemble (1:00:31)
- The show’s problems with race (1:05:30)
- Conclusion (1:17:56)