Miriam's Dead Good Adventure

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Miriam's Dead Good Adventure

Series 1 - Episode 2

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Review

Tracy has terminal cancer but has chosen not simply to survive for a long time but to live as much as possible. So she drinks G&T despite her doctor’s advice because, as she says, “What’s the worst that can happen? I die!”

Tracy’s positive attitude to her demise is “invigorating, wonderful!” concludes Miriam Margolyes. Certainly many people she’s met in this pair of docs about confronting death have been keen to put it off as long as possible, and they’ve ranged from slightly eccentric to downright bonkers. Tracy, however, is serenely accepting of the inevitable, and her relationship with Miriam is incredibly moving.

Summary

Part two of two. Miriam Margolyes questions if it is ever possible to be ready for death, helping a terminal cancer patient to plan her wake, and building her own personalised flatpack coffin with a support group for people facing death. She also meets a doctor who uses tranquilisers to treat terminal patients' anxiety and a rapper with bowel and liver cancer who refuses to give up on life. Plus, a representative of the right to die movement explains why he believes all rational people over 50 have the right to end their lives, and reveals his invention to make this easier.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Miriam Margolyes
Editor Gwyn Jones
Executive Producer Alicia Kerr
Executive Producer Paul Hamann
Series Producer Simon Draper
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