When this aired earlier this year, I have to say, I was greatly moved by it!
Julie Walters is truly one of our finest actors and what she brought to this performance was phenomenal I thought! I was in floods by the time that I’d finished watching it, and it really did get under my skin.
Anyway, I am briefly blogging about the programme to highlight that it is coming out on DVD on Monday 27th July ’09 – hurrah!!!
[inspired by the story of Anne Turner]
Having just witnessed the death of her husband Jack from an incurable neurological disease, Anne Turner (Julie Walters) is diagnosed with a near identical illness.
With determined rationality, Anne’s answer is that once her illness has reached a critical point, she will take her own life. And she needs her children’s support.
But the more her son and two daughters struggle to gain consensus over their mother’s desire to die as they struggle to find another way through, the further they pull apart.
From Jessica’s silent recriminations to Sophie’s stubborn practicality, the magnitude of the situation threatens to tear the family to pieces.
Anne must also face the fury of her best friend Claire – whose opposing views bring them into direct and vocal conflict.
Writer Frank McGuinness adds: “As a doctor Anne Turner lived and worked by her principles, and she chose to die by them. This film recognises that rare courage.”