Julie Walters stars in A Short Stay In Switzerland for BBC One, a one-off drama inspired by the true story of Dr Anne Turner by award-winning writer Frank McGuinness. Having just witnessed the death of her husband Jack from an incurable neurological disease, Anne Turner (Julie Walters) is diagnosed with a near-identical illness. With determined rationality, Anne's answer is that once her illness has reached a critical point, she will take her own life. And she needs her children's support. But the more her son and two daughters struggle to gain consensus over their mother's desire to die, as they struggle to find another way through, the further they pull apart. From Jessica's silent recriminations to Sophie's stubborn practicality, the magnitude of the situation threatens to tear the family to pieces. Anne must also face the fury of her best friend Claire whose opposing views bring them into direct and vocal conflict.
Though provoking, it's our life (or is it??)
- A Short Stay in Switzerland review by RP
Any film with julie Walters is worth watching. Her performance here as a doctor stricken with a life destroying disease is brilliant. Her deterioration from a confident doctor to an invalid is painful to watch, also her decision to end it all whilst still able. Not a light evening's entertainment nor something to watch if you have just started getting clumsy !!