A paralysed character in Emmerdale is to die in a controversial assisted suicide storyline. Jackson Walsh’s mother and his lover are set to crush a lethal dose of tablets in a drink. Jackson, played by Mark Silcock, was injured in a road smash last year. It is not the first time the series has looked at the ‘right-to-die.’
It is not the first time the popular TV series has featured an end-of-life storyline. Back in 2006, Alice convinces Sam that the best thing for all three of them would be if she could die of her own volition and in a state where she can still see her family.
Many ethicists believe that using the Arts to portray real-life dilemmas can help viewers decide how they feel about such situations. It is one thing to discuss it from textbooks – it is quite another to imagine fleshed-out characters with strong emotions. If the question ever visits us in our own lives, will we have time to think about it clearly?