TV: ‘Dispatches’ on the Tony Nicklinson case

Monday 18 June 2012, 20.00-20.30, Channel 4, available for one month after broadcast via 4oD

From the programme’s website:

In 2005 Tony Nicklinson had a catastrophic stroke, which has left him utterly paralysed. He has what is known as ‘locked in syndrome’ and cannot move, talk, feed himself or perform even the most basic function without help. He can only communicate via a computer controlled by his eyes.

Tony Nicklinson wants to die, but he cannot kill himself without help, and anyone who helped him would be committing murder.

On the eve of a historic and controversial legal bid to demand the right to be killed, he tells his story, comes face to face with his critics, and hears from the Greek doctor who saved his life seven years earlier, who says he wouldn’t wish this condition on his worst enemy.

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