Britain's Bbc has been flooded with hundreds of complaints following the screening of Sir Terry Pratchett's controversial film about assisted suicide on Monday (13Jun11).
In TV documentary Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die, the writer, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and is known for his outspoken views on euthanasia, met a terminally ill man who arranged his own death.
The unnamed 71-year-old motor neurone disease sufferer is seen dying on camera after arranging the legally-assisted suicide and flying to Switzerland to carry it out.
The show caused an outcry before it aired this week (beg13Jun11), with campaigners and politicians criticising bosses at the British network for planning to broadcast the harrowing TV special.
But chiefs went ahead and aired the show - and 900 viewers have now complained to the network, with campaigners accusing Pratchett and the Bbc of "cheerleading" a change in U.K. legislation over euthanasia.
Dr Peter Saunders, director of Care Not Killing, says, "This latest move by the Bbc is a disgraceful use of licence-payers' money and further evidence of a blatant campaigning stance."
But Pratchett has defended the programme, saying, "I was appalled at the current situation. I know that assisted dying is practised in at least three places in Europe and also in the United States. The government here has always turned its back on it and I was ashamed that British people had to drag themselves to Switzerland, at considerable cost, in order to get the services that they were hoping for."