BBC to Show the Moment That a Cancer Victim Dies

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BBC to Show the Moment That a Cancer Victim Dies


Byline: Paul Revoir TV Correspondent

THE BBC is facing a new controversy over the way it handles death after it was revealed the corporation is to screen a dying man's last breath in a programme about the human body.

This comes just over a week after the broadcaster was accused of being a 'cheerleader for assisted suicide' for filming a man killing himself at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland for a separate programme.

Yesterday, it emerged the second episode of a BBC1 science series called Inside The Human Body, to be broadcast next month, will show the moment an 84-year-old man called Gerald dies at home surrounded by his family. Gerald was suffering from advanced cancer and died on January 1 this year.

a century of glorious royal weddings Sir Terry Pratchett, a prominent supporter of euthanasia, presents the programme which follows a man in the late stages of motor neurone disease as he travels from Britain to the Swiss clinic. The popular fantasy novelist - who himself has Alzheimer's - remains at the 71-year-old's bedside until he succumbs to the cocktail of drugs he has taken to end his life.

Screening the moment of a suicide victim's death is a first for terrestrial television. The programme is due to be broadcast on BBC2 this summer, a move condemned by campaigners, politicians, medical professionals and religious leaders.

They accused the corporation of being unethical, promoting assisted death and euthanasia, and disregarding the sanctity of life .

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While the programme, to be broadcast at 9pm on May 12, shows a death from natural causes as opposed to an assisted suicide there are still concerns about the ethics of the BBC screening such a moment. …

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