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A Short Stay in Switzerland

One-off drama inspired by the true story of Dr Anne Turner, who in 2006 took her own life in a Zurich clinic having developed an incurable degenerative disease.

Julie Walters stars in a one-off drama inspired by the true story of Dr Anne Turner, who in 2006 took her own life in a Zurich clinic having developed an incurable degenerative disease.

Having recently witnessed the death of her husband from a neurological disease, Anne Turner is diagnosed with a near-identical illness and determines to end her life once her condition has reached a critical point.

As her health deteriorates, Anne's son and two daughters struggle to reach a consensus over their mother's intentions and while they search for alternative options, silent recriminations and stubborn practicality threaten to tear the family apart. With her family at logger heads, Anne must also face the fury of her best friend, whose opposing views bring them into direct conflict.

Written by award-winning writer Frank McGuinness.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Wed 27 Jan 2010 23:35

Credits

Role Contributor
Dr Anne Turner Julie Walters
Sophie Liz White
Edward Stephen Campbell Moore
Jessica Lyndsey Marshal
Mrs Savery Michelle Fairley
Jack Will Knightley
Richard Patrick Malahide
Clare Harriet Walter
Interviewer Fergus Walsh
Stephen Anthony Shuster
Kedar Sagar Arya
Producer Liz Trubridge
Director Simon Curtis

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