The End

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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Series 1

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