The End is about a family of three generations trying to figure out how to die with dignity, live with none and make it count.
About The End
Frances O’Connor plays Kate Brennan, a doctor specialising in Palliative Care medicine. Long ago, she fled her uptight English village for a life of sunshine on the gaudy Gold Coast in Australia. Kate’s personal life is a hot mess, but she is passionate about her work and fights every day to give her patients just a bit more time.
On the other side of the world, Kate’s mother Edie (played by Harriet Walter) is just as passionate about her right to die. She’s been depressed for decades and, after discovering her dead husband’s infidelity, tries to end her own life in spectacular fashion… and fails disastrously.
Kate already has more than enough on her plate with a husband in jail, a son who’s also not convinced life is worth living, and a daughter who might be a sociopath. And yet, it’s her responsibility to move her mother out to Australia and try to keep her alive. The only person more appalled by this turn of events is Edie, particularly when she is dumped in a nearby retirement village, even if it is 5-stars.
The End is about Kate and Edie’s stumbling, fractious journey as they find their way back to a relationship. It’s a story about mothers and daughters, the right to die, and what makes life worth living. In helping other people to die, they’re both a bit further on their way to figuring out how to live. It’s a story about mothers and daughters, medicine and faith, and mostly how it’s never too late to start again.
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Episode 1 - Do Not Resuscitate
Harriet Walter stars in a Sky original about how it's never too late to start over. A suicide attempt reunites a mother and daughter.
Episode 2 - Toxic Shock Syndrome
Edie babysits Persephone as Kate fights to rescue her reputation. Meanwhile, when Oberon lands himself in danger, it falls to Edie to rescue him.
Episode 3 - **** Christmas
Edie heads out of her comfort zone when she agrees to sing in the village's annual Christmas show. Meanwhile, a diagnosis determines Art's future.
Episode 4 - Polar Bear
Oberon hits an unexpected obstacle as he seeks testosterone therapy. A confession changes Edie and Pamela's relationship during a trip to stock up on weed.
Episode 5 - To Be / Not To Be
A difficult decision unexpectedly gives Edie a new lease of life. A trip to Art's new hospice leads Edie to ask Kate for help.
Episode 6 - Art vs Life
Kate is horrified by Edie's proposition, but Art and Edie aren't willing to let it drop. Plus, Edie agrees to a secret rendez-vous with Henry.
Episode 7 - Blood Sandwich
Kate and Edie get a nice surprise when they team up on a work project. A heartbroken Oberon turns to Edie when a romantic encounter sends him into a panic.
Episode 8 - Metastasized
A drunken anniversary party at the retirement village leads to Oberon making a confession, Edie making an unexpected move and the arrival of an ambulance.
Episode 9 - With Sparkles
An anxious Kate struggles to keep it together during a work conference and turns to drink for the first time in years.
Episode 10 - Picking Scabs
A tragedy forces Edie and Kate to make amends. Kate gets her diagnosis and something happens that leads Edie to feel there really are moments worth living for.
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