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BBC drama questions if disabled girl has right to die

Nicci and Andrew outside court hounded by the press in best interests

BBC starts its new four-part emotional drama tonight, June 12, which asks the question if a severely disabled person has the right to die.

In Best Interests parents Nicci and Andrew have the emotional heartache seeing their daughter Marnie live with muscular dystrophy causing her excruciating pain.

When Marine is 13 she develops a life-threatening chest infection, the teenager is rushed to hospital where she is put on a ventilator.

Doctors believe it's in the girl’s best interest that she is allowed to die, but Nicci disagrees whilst Andrew is uncertain which outcome would be more beneficial to their child.

After much consideration the couple launches a legal process against the hospital in a bid to keep her alive.

A press release for the drama says: "This is a story of a family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make. Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen play married couple Nicci and Andrew, they have two daughters: Katie played by Alison Oliver and Marnie played by Niamh Moriarty.

"Marnie has a life-threatening condition. The doctors believe it is in her best interests to be allowed to die, but her loving family disagree. And so begins a fight that will take them through every stage of a legal process, as they struggle to contemplate this huge decision. Who decides? And in whose best interests will it be?"

Best Interests is written by Jack Thorne, known for dramas such as Help and My Dark Materials.

[ Best Interests is on BBC One, June 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th at 9pm and available on BBC iPlayer ]

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