Ben Whishaw is to play the lead role in the BBC Two/AMC adaptation of Adam Kay's best-selling medical memoir This is Going to Hurt.

The book tells the story of Kay's experiences as a doctor in Britain's NHS. 

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The author will adapt his work for the screen and also serve as executive producer. Lucy Forbes, whose credits include In My Skin and Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, will direct the first four episodes and produce.

"I am proud to join this exciting adaptation of Adam Kay's terrific book This is Going to Hurt, based on his experiences working in the NHS," said Whishaw. 

"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."

Whishaw will reprise his role as Q in the upcoming James Bond adventure No Time to Die. The 007 film is due for release on November 12.

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