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Anyone watched it? Ben Whitshaw stars in a dramatisation of the Adam Kay memoir of the same name. All episode are available on iPlayer, I believe.

 

I loved the book, which is a wonderful glimpse into the beauty and horror of working in our beloved NHS. So engaging to read as well, I finished it in 3 sessions which is unheard of for me.

 

As a TV adaptation of something I love I had low expectations going in. But having now watched the first episode, it has the potential to be something pretty special. Feels very real. There were a few gut punches in the first episode and the writing of staff on the ward is sharp.

 

What do other people think?

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Watched episode one. Think the tone of the book is captured really well; went from chuckling at the gallows humour to open-mouthed horror during single scenes several times.

 

The book is outstanding, and agree the series has the potential to be the same. Ben Whishaw is typically excellent. He looks so jaded by the end of the first episode.

 

Like the book, one of the lasting emotions taken from this will likely be renewed anger at the way NHS staff are treated. Kay’s letter to the health secretary at the end of the book could be a fitting monologue to conclude the series, although feel this will be more subtle but no less impactful.

 

Separate note, wonder if the ‘degloving’ incident will make the adaptation? It would be a first for British television…

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I enjoyed the book, but thought it wasn't much more than a collection of anecdotes, whereas the series (based on the first episode) seems to have much more of a narrative. It seems very good so far, albeit pretty hard to watch in places and surprisingly explicit.

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17 minutes ago, Nosejam said:

Thread title sounds like a pornhub search term

 

To me it sounds like a sequel to one of our existing threads:

 

I Come To Bury The BBC... Or To Praise It? Part 2: This Is Going To Hurt, BBC

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I thought I recognised the author’s name from the comedy musical duo I loved years ago, the Amateur Transplants.

 

Surprised the papers not been all over it as some of the songs were very funny but very off colour.

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Loved the book. This was good but Jesus Christ it’s bleak in places.

 

Occasionally it plays to what the book did so well, 4th wall to the camera stuff but I think it minimised the humour too much for the compelling horror of the narrative which is the NHS, in um the early 2000s when it actually had some funding…

 

Well written and acted but a little too nihilistic I found…

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On 10/02/2022 at 13:41, glb said:

Watched episode one. Think the tone of the book is captured really well; went from chuckling at the gallows humour to open-mouthed horror during single scenes several times.

 

The book is outstanding, and agree the series has the potential to be the same. Ben Whishaw is typically excellent. He looks so jaded by the end of the first episode.

 

Like the book, one of the lasting emotions taken from this will likely be renewed anger at the way NHS staff are treated. Kay’s letter to the health secretary at the end of the book could be a fitting monologue to conclude the series, although feel this will be more subtle but no less impactful.

 

Separate note, wonder if the ‘degloving’ incident will make the adaptation? It would be a first for British television…


It was just relayed as a monologue…that was quite enough to be fair

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2 hours ago, dreamylittledream said:


It was just relayed as a monologue…that was quite enough to be fair


Yup, seen the episode now. Glad they included it but also quite relieved the reference was only verbal.

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On 10/02/2022 at 16:19, Gotters said:

I thought I recognised the author’s name from the comedy musical duo I loved years ago, the Amateur Transplants.

 

Surprised the papers not been all over it as some of the songs were very funny but very off colour.

 

and here it is

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10506277/This-Going-Hurt-author-Adam-Kay-sang-vile-songs-Downs-syndrome-baby.html

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On 10/02/2022 at 13:41, glb said:

Separate note, wonder if the ‘degloving’ incident will make the adaptation? It would be a first for British television…


You’ve had me *very* curious now. Could you reply and elaborate as a spoiler for me please?

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I’m finding this a huge improvement on the book. It’s a proper narrative, with consistent characters, subplots, scene-by-scene construction, themes, etc. The book was fun, but it just felt like a compilation of all of Adam Kay’s best / funniest / most disgusting anecdotes, with little in the way of characters beyond Kay himself and the hilariously scathing caricatures of the stupid patients he treats.

 

It’s not as funny as the book, but I like the way they use the funny bits for relief between the drama, and to underscore the humanity of everyone. The structure of the book is comedy / comedy / comedy / dead babies, which I’m not sure would work with a TV series. The cavalcade of blood and piss is great to read, but might be a bit much when actually portrayed on screen (ie the degloving story). 

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10 hours ago, Stejay said:


You’ve had me *very* curious now. Could you reply and elaborate as a spoiler for me please?


Found the text from the book. It is grim. Comical, but grim.
 

Spoiler

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14 minutes ago, Stejay said:

Thanks for that. Certainly made me wince! And did it make the translation to the screen then?


 

Spoiler

Yep, albeit told as an anecdote at dinner in episode two.

 

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Only 4 episodes in - I think this is superb - I read the book a couple of years ago and wondered how it would transfer to the screen.  I actually think it's a better TV show than a book.  Ben Whishaw is perfectly cast and the other characters really help to make it work.

 

If a programme can intentionally make you laugh out loud one moment but choke back tears mere seconds later, I think it's done what it set out to.

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I've finished it now and was pleasantly surprised that the TV series doesn't closely follow the events of the memoir. Lots of similar situations reworked for the narrative.

 

I was a bit confused as to why they kept the main character as Adam Kay, surely people watching will therefore assume it all happened to him irl like it did in the show.

 

Anyway, it was fantastic. The tension was incredible during the scenes of peril. Something so real about it that medical dramas like ER lack.

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I started watching this on Sunday evening last weekend and found that I couldn’t stop u til I’d watched it all. Easily the best thing I’ve watched so far this year, and I watched all of Game of Thrones in January. 
 

The best friend’s wife was a particular highlight. And the mother. And the consultant. basically all the really posh, privileged people. All of them pure pantomime, and yet completely believable and human. 
 

The way the tone of this thing shifts effortlessly from comedy to tragedy is a feat of writing. It really is incredible. 

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This was so exhausting to watch, but in a beautiful way. To echo everything everyone's said: great casting, great performances, great tonal shifts.

 

There was a point where I thought they skirted a bit close to making Adam a bit too superheroey and cool for school, but I think they pulled back at the right points.

 

 

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  • 4 weeks later...

Jesus fucking Christ this is bleak. I was expecting - I dunno - a gentle comedy with some social commentary thrown in? I watched episode 6 last night and sat there in stunned silence for about ten minutes afterwards. A very tough watch. The fact the characters (even the minor ones) are so well-observed just makes it even harder to watch.

 

It's quite, quite brilliant though. One of the best things I've seen in ages.

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Bodies, the excellent early 2000s series set in an Obs & Gynae ward, from Jed "Line of Duty" Mercurio is still on iplayer, for the next 20 days at least, and still holds up, if you want more of the same.

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10 hours ago, Graham S said:

Bodies, the excellent early 2000s series set in an Obs & Gynae ward, from Jed "Line of Duty" Mercurio is still on iplayer, for the next 20 days at least, and still holds up, if you want more of the same.

Bodies is on Amazon Prime too. I’m very glad I had already had my children otherwise Bodies would have put me off entirely, it’s absolutely brutal. 

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