How to watch This Is Going to Hurt online in the UK and abroad now – all episodes available

Ben Whishaw in This is Going to Hurt
(Image credit: BBC)

Bringing to the screen the best-selling memoir of an ex-junior doctor, This is Going to Hurt stars Ben Whishaw as Adam Kay in the medical drama-comedy, documenting the highs and inevitable lows of working in obstetrics and gynaecology. Available to stream now with all episodes available online, or watch as it airs weekly on TV, read on as we explain how to watch This Is Going to Hurt online 100% free to watch in the UK.

Watch This Is Going to Hurt online

Premiered: Tuesday, February 8 at 9pm GMT

New episodes: every Tuesday on BBC1

Free UK stream: watch all episodes on BBC iPlayer for FREE now

International streams: Binge (Au)

Watch anywhere: try the top VPN around 100% risk-free 

Described as a love letter to Britain's National Health Service, the new show is based on junior doctor turned comedian Adam Kay’s hilarious and and often heartbreaking memoir detailing his six years working on the wards.

Kay - who has gone on to write for big show’s such as Mrs Brown’s Boys and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? - saw his book become a literary sensation in 2018, with This Is Going To Hurt outselling Michelle Obama’s Becoming autobiography.

Expect loads of belly laughs, plenty of tears and a “constant tsunami of bodily fluids”. Make sure you're tuned in and know how to watch This Is Going to Hurt online for free by reading our guide below.

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How to watch This Is Going to Hurt online FREE in the UK

9pm GMT BBC One

This seven-part series premiered on Tuesday, February 8 at 9pm GMT on BBC One, with new episodes set to follow at the same time each week from then on.

This Is Going to Hurt can also be watched 100% free online in the UK at the same time on BBC iPlayer with all episodes available to stream from February 8.

iPlayer is particularly versatile due to its range of apps for mobiles, tablets and more, so there's really no excuse to miss out on the long-awaited drama comedy.

If you're not in the UK, use a VPN to stream your favourite BBC shows online from anywhere as if you were at home.

How to watch This Is Going to Hurt online when abroad

For anyone abroad right now who still wants to watch this medical comedy you might struggle from outside of the UK. But don't let geo-restrictions come between you and this emotional rollercoaster of a series.

Simply downloading and installing a VPN to your device will let you watch This Is Going to Hurt on the BBC iPlayer from anywhere. A VPN effectively tricks your device into thinking it's in another location by changing the IP address to elsewhere in the world. 

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How to use a VPN

Three simple steps to using a VPN to watch This Is Going to Hurt

1. Download and install a VPN - we recommend ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the relevant server location - launch the VPN app, click on 'choose location' and select the right location i.e. UK for iPlayer

3. Head to the chosen broadcaster's live stream - in this case, head to the BBC iPlayer

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How to watch This is Going to Hurt online in Australia

March 1

Those Down Under can will be able to watch the adaptation of Adam Kay's medical memoir when it hits the streaming service, Binge, on March 1, with all seven episodes arriving on the platform at once.

Binge costs from just $10 a month for its Basic plan, with the option to upgrade from one to two or four screens with its more premium plans. Don't forget, though, new customers can benefit from a 14-day free trial.

Available to watch on a number of devices including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Apple TV, Chromecast, and PlayStation consoles, get your next binge on and watch This is Going to Hurt.

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Can I watch This Is Going to Hurt online in the USA?

The new show is a co-production between the BBC and AMC.

While the US cable network has confirmed it will be airing the show Stateside, there's currently no confirmed release date for the USA.

Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards. Alongside reviewing the latest AV gear, smartphones and computers, Kevin also specialises in music tech and can often be found putting the latest DAWs, MIDI controllers and guitar modellers through their paces. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Kevin is also a lifelong West Ham fan for his troubles.