Ella and The MothersBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7359.344 (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:344
- Arlene Judith Klotzko, bioethicist and writer in residence at the Science Museum
BBC 1, 10 and 11 August at 9 pm
We all know the genre—the made-for-TV drama, loosely or tightly based on a sensational news story. Sometimes these dramas are responsibly handled; far too often, they are not. In Ella and The Mothers, which takes as its starting point the shocking prospect that embryos had mistakenly been implanted in a woman who had not provided the eggs, we have the made-for-TV drama turned on its head. The programme was conceived (no pun intended) before the news story about the mix up at the still unnamed IVF (in vitro fertilisation) clinic that resulted in black twins being born to a white woman. The BBC became the beneficiary of a stroke of marketing good luck.
It would be good if viewers could also be beneficiaries and see a programme that would illuminate the psychological trauma that often accompanies IVF treatment as well as explore the medical, …