Next month, the BBC series Inside the Human Body will feature footage from the death of an 84-year-old man. Preempting the inevitable controversy, host Michael Mosley said during a radio interview that it’s key not to “shy away from talking about death and, when it’s warranted, showing it.” The man, identified as “Gerald,” agreed to participate “because he hoped it would help others.”
Gerald was filmed passing away in his home on January 1st from cancer. Mosley said about the morality of the shoot, “There is a case to be made for filming a peaceful, natural death.”
This won’t be the first time a death has been shown on British television; in 2006, Sky’s Real Lives channel aired a program where a man ended his own life in an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland.
Don’t stress if you miss Inside the Human Body on May 12. You already know how it ends.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 27, 2011