I have just watched a very powerfull episode of my favourite Soap - Emmerdale. This story-line has been building for quite a while and tonight's shocker was at least half-expected.
One of the characters a gay tetraplegic has been asking his mother and his boy-friend to help him to die.
This after long arguments outbursts of hysteria, rage, sorrow and denial, they finally were persuaded to to.
Tonight he decided, having said his goodbyes the previous day (though only the two closest to him knew), that this was the right time for him to go.
It was brilliantly acted by all three characters and the final scene was almost unbearably moving, I don't cry over screen - large or small - dramas, but this was an exception.
The arguments against his decision had all failed and the mother and the boy-friend even up to the last second were hoping against hope that he would change his mind but finally, loved him enough to be able to carry out his last wish.
The whole story has been very sensatively handled from the beginning and the final decision in the context of the plot was for me, anyway, completely acceptable.
The issue of assisted suicide is a huge one and virtually everyone has an opinion on it. I have, and the story has not changed in any way how I feel on the subject but it will be interesting to see if the media stifle it or allow it to open up wider discussion.