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Great news: Assisted-suicide sitcom coming to BBC

posted at 1:55 pm on November 24, 2012 by

Am I kidding?  Unfortunately, no.  The only bright spot is that it appears to be only a six-episode miniseries:

The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison is to star in new BBC Three sitcom Way to Go.

The six-part series is described as a “black comedy” about three men who set up an assisted-suicide business.

Harrison will play Scott, who devises the desperate scheme when his terminally ill neighbor asks for his help to die and his brother Joey (Ben Heathcote) is in desperate need of cash to pay off his gambling debts.

NRO’s Wesley Smith calls this the “normalization of suicide,” and notes that this is a case of art reflecting life … er, death, as it were:

Oh, and by the way, this idea was already proposed for real in Oregon ($5000 for the whole package, including music and flowers), but the psychiatrist would-be entrepreneur lost his medical license for other reasons before he could open the doors.  Meanwhile, in Switzerland, suicide clinics rake in the dough.

Culture of death, Wesley?  What culture of death?

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I want to go this way, except with death metal and scenes of cops beating hippies.

BigGator5 on November 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

British seasons are generally only 6 episodes long. They don’t consider that a mini series. If it does well, it may go on for several 6 episode seasons.

Esthier on November 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Perhaps a comedy about that hilarious Liverpool Protocol, where otherwise curable people are forced to die of thirst while an entire hospital of doctors and nurses watch on.

Rebar on November 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Hey, why not go whole-hog and make it a reality show?

RoadRunner on November 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM

British seasons are generally only 6 episodes long. They don’t consider that a mini series. If it does well, it may go on for several 6 episode seasons.

Esthier on November 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Yeah, isn’t socialism grand.

This program is a metaphor for Britain, correct?

forest on November 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Why not call it British Hospital?

Where for the unwary if the illness doesn’t kill you the neglect certainly will.

viking01 on November 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Monty Python did it first.

Ugly on November 24, 2012 at 8:36 PM

The cancellation headlines write themselves.

amazingmets on November 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Monty Python did it first.

Ugly on November 24, 2012 at 8:36 PM

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DOH ! . . . . . you beat me to it.

listens2glenn on November 25, 2012 at 2:00 AM

The thing about the Old World that bugs me most is their complete inability to do anything on their own. Poeses can’t even kill themselves without someone holding their hand.

JohnBrown on November 25, 2012 at 8:09 AM

If the Brits are doing it, that means it’s a pilot for TV in the USA.

Think:

Cracker
The Office
Steptoe and Son begat Sanford and Son
One Foot in the Grave begat the second Cosby show
America’s Got Talent =
American Idol
Antiques Road Show
Victorian House begat Prairie House

Etc, Etc.

We have NO original thinking on American TV so it will come here and

Wander on November 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

be further ruined.

Wander on November 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

If the Brits are doing it, that means it’s a pilot for TV in the USA.

Think:

Cracker
The Office
Steptoe and Son begat Sanford and Son
One Foot in the Grave begat the second Cosby show
America’s Got Talent =
American Idol
Antiques Road Show
Victorian House begat Prairie House

Etc, Etc.

Millionaire
Whose Line?
Robot Wars and similar fare…

bmmg39 on November 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Sorry.

If the Brits are doing it, that means it’s a pilot for TV in the USA.

Think:

Cracker
The Office
Steptoe and Son begat Sanford and Son
One Foot in the Grave begat the second Cosby show
America’s Got Talent =
American Idol
Antiques Road Show
Victorian House begat Prairie House

Millionaire
Whose Line?
Robot Wars et al…

bmmg39 on November 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM

If the Brits are doing it, that means it’s a pilot for TV in the USA.

We have NO original thinking on American TV so it will come here and

Wander on November 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Three’s Company (1970s sit com) was an American version of a British show.

TigerPaw on November 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM

The EU has been assisting their own suicide for decades.

Inviting in hostile replacement aliens.

The U.S. started in 1965 with the Teddy Kennedy-backed ‘Immigration Reform’.

profitsbeard on November 25, 2012 at 6:24 PM

At least, Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett made them into meat pies.

Fallon on November 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM