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MIPTV Picks ’16 Best in Show: How to Die – Simon’s Choice

This program follows businessman Simon Binner, his family and friends as they come to terms with the impending reality of his choice to end his life at an assisted suicide clinic, providing a personal focus for the many questions that loom large in the right to die debate.
March 15, 2016


Partners: Minnow Films with the Open University for BBC2, distributed by Zodiak Rights
Aired: February, 2016 (BBC)
Length: 1 x 90 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide excluding the UK

British businessman Simon Binner was diagnosed with aggressive motor neurone disease in January 2015, and given two years to live. With the finality of that diagnosis, and the knowledge of the
toll the disease would take on both him and his family, Binner made the decision to end his life at a Swiss assisted suicide clinic. This program follows Binner, his family and friends as they
come to terms with the impending reality of that choice, providing a personal focus for the many questions that loom large in the right to die debate. “It’s one of those dinner party conversations you have,” says Binner’s wife, Debbie, at one point, “never dreaming that you’d ever actually be having the conversation.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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