Frances O’Connor plays Kate Brennan, a doctor specialising in Palliative Care medicine in Australia. On the other side of the world, Kate’s mother Edie (played by Dame Harriet Walter) is just as passionate about her right to die. It becomes her responsibility to move her mother out to Australia and try to keep her alive. Here's a first look at the Sky series.
The topics brought up in this series are heavy going but writer Samantha Strauss does a brilliant job in bringing light to controversy.
The show is based on her own experiences with attitudes towards the right to die and she was keen to get both sides across.
The series, by See Saw Films, has been praised for its balanced attitudes and in depth research into the right to die legislation.
Samantha Strauss worked with palliative care doctors ahead of the series.
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The Australian writer said: “The creative collaboration with See-Saw was the greatest I have ever experienced.
“In real life I have spent time with palliative care doctors who don’t believe in the right to die and we wanted to be balanced in the way we approached it.
“It’s definitely a complicated naughty issue. We talk about it a lot in Australia.
“What was really moving was all the crew started talking about it.”
The series spans over 10 half-hour episodes and explores other topics including suicide.
Strauss said she felt strongly about how much elderly people in Australia suffer from depression.
She said: “There is a lot of risk and the statistics are quite horrible. Four older Australians commit suicide every month, they get really scared at the end.
“They have to do it along as you can’t implicate your loved ones. We see this depression and it breaks my heart.”
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Edie’s character been depressed for a long time and tries to kill herself in spectacular fashion - but fails.
She is shipped off to a retirement village in Australia and the story follows Kate and Edie’s stumbling, fractious journey as they find their way back to a relationship.
Harriet Walter, who plays Edie, said the right to die was a difficult topic to discuss.
She said: “I did a TV film with Julie Walters called A Short Stay in Switzerland and that was relentlessly, brutally sad and frightening.
“I have certainly thought about the topic a lot, it’s just one of the things that’s terribly difficult to legislate.
“It’s hard to come to terms with the fact to have to make that decision it really seems like it has to be done by the person themselves that gives it legitimacy. I have discussed it with my husband.”