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BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7355.110 (Published 13 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:110
  1. Paul Keeley (paulkeeley@hotmail.com), SIGN research fellow Beatson Oncology Centre
  1. Glasgow

    Channel 4, Tuesdays at 9 pm, 2 to 30 July

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    Titles don't come much more in your face than Death. This may, of course, deter some people, but this is a powerful and moving series. The first images that flashed before viewers' eyes were those of corpses in coffins, funerals, and ashes being scattered. We know exactly where this series is headed. The vogue for “reality TV” is now entrenched, but TV doesn't get more real than these five programmes, which follow 12 terminally ill people through their final months.

    The oncologists in the first programme struck me as a caring, hardworking bunch. They knew the limits of their specialty and were honest without being brutal. They set out the options and tried to give some idea of the balance between risk and benefit. If ever I need an oncologist, Dr Mark Bower will be up there with some of my …

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