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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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