James Walton

The medical equivalent of The Responder: BBC1’s This is Going to Hurt reviewed

Plus: BBC1's funny, tense, awkward (in a good way) and often rather sweet new comedy

Ben Whishaw as Adam in This is Going to Hurt. Credit: BBC/Sister/AMC/Ludovic Robert

According to the makers, This is Going to Hurt is intended as ‘a love letter to the national health service’. If so, however, it’s certainly not a soppy one. Few non-British people who watch it will, I suspect, find themselves wishing they had an NHS of their own — where the mission statement could easily read: ‘We Aim to Muddle Through Somehow, Despite Everything.’

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