Why a quiet millionaire's suicide will be shown on BBC TV

On Monday the BBC, which has been accused of becoming a ”˜”˜cheerleader’’ for assisted suicide, defended its decision to show Mr [Peter] Smedley’s death in the film.

Sir Terry hopes it will persuade the Government to think again about the law and advocates a system in which doctors are able to prescribe take-home suicide kits to enable terminally-ill patients to choose the right moment to end their lives.

Mrs Smedley said… last night that she did not want to discuss her husband’s death.

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5 comments on “Why a quiet millionaire's suicide will be shown on BBC TV

  1. Pageantmaster Ù† says:

    Sad, I know the estate and the family who built it.

  2. Pageantmaster Ù† says:

    [blockquote]Mr Smedley’s friends were joined at his memorial service[/blockquote]
    Was this a CofE service?

  3. Teatime2 says:

    I’m trying to recall — wasn’t there a Kevorkian-induced assisted suicide shown years back? I recall watching a program that followed a person’s/family’s decision, the death, and a bit of the aftermath. I also recall feeling very sad and empty for them after I watched it. They kept insisting that there was peace in it but it didn’t seem so.

  4. Sarah says:

    Wow — it’s just hard for me to articulate just how . . . repugnantly voyeuristic . . . this is.

    How about we film some real live spousal abuse and show it on pinhead documentary tv? Maybe some child abuse too — and then we could interview the non-abused sibling to see how she felt viewing it.

    It’s just gross.

    Like watching gladiatorial combat.

    Bread and circuses.

  5. Bookworm(God keep Snarkster) says:

    They can attempt to be “tasteful” about it(ie, trying to look at it from an educational standpoint or a political plug), but it’s probably not going to look like much more than a quieter version of a “snuff film”.

    Eeew…I won’t be tuning in.