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Bournewood20170829Drama telling the true story of H, and his life at Bournewood Hospital. By Sasha Hails.

Drama and discussion exploring the remarkable stories behind notable legal cases.

Debbie Purdy20190226Deborah Bowman, Professor of Medical Ethics & Law at St George's, University of London, explores the remarkable stories behind some of the world's most discussed legal cases, and how they've transformed medical practice for us all.

Debbie Purdy was a journalist who fell in love with a Cuban jazz musician, just as she discovered that she had primary progressive MS. Years later, their love led to a legal challenge in the House of Lords.

Debbie was asking for the law to be clarified. If her condition meant she needed an assisted death, would her husband be likely to be prosecuted?

Debbie's book "It's Not Because I Want To Die", a gutsy account of love, life and facing death, is dramatised by Joy Wilkinson, and features the music of Debbie's husband, Omar Puente.

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

Debbie Purdy ..... Christine Bottomley
Omar Puente ..... Stefan Adegbola
Saimo Chahal ..... Saffron Coomber
Belinda ..... Lucy Doyle
Helpline Lady ..... Carolyn Pickles
Neurologist ..... Tony Turner
Keir Starmer ..... Don Gilet

Debbie Purdy's fight to protect the man she loved changed the debate on assisted dying.

Drama and discussion exploring the remarkable stories behind notable legal cases.

Mr C2014020420170822 (R4)Philip Palmer's drama reveals the true story of Mr C, whose case made legal history.

Drama and discussion exploring the remarkable stories behind notable legal cases.

The Legacy of Bournewood20170829Meet the extraordinary people behind some of the world's most discussed legal cases.

Drama and discussion exploring the remarkable stories behind notable legal cases.

The Legacy of Debbie Purdy20190226Deborah Bowman, Professor of Medical Ethics & Law at St George's, University of London, explores the remarkable stories behind some of the world's most discussed legal cases and examines how they have transformed medical practice for us all.

Our eye-witness drama "Test Case: Debbie Purdy" told the story of Debbie Purdy, a journalist who fell in love with a Cuban jazz musician, just as she discovered that she had primary progressive MS. Years later, their love led to a legal challenge in the House of Lords. Debbie was asking for the law to be clarified: if her condition meant she needed an assisted death, could her husband be prosecuted?

So what became of Debbie Purdy and her husband Omar, who inspired her case? Why did Debbie’s legal battle, which happened 10 years ago, have such an impact?

Deborah Bowman discusses these questions with the people who were there: her husband, Omar Puente, her solicitor, Saimo Chahal, and Lord Falconer, the barrister and Labour peer who campaigned on the issue in Parliament.

Producer: Beth Eastwood

Debbie Purdy's fight to protect the man she loved changed the debate on assisted dying.

Drama and discussion exploring the remarkable stories behind notable legal cases.

The Legacy of Mr C2014020420170822 (R4)Meet the extraordinary people behind some of the world's most discussed legal cases.

Drama and discussion exploring the remarkable stories behind notable legal cases.