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Who helps Megan die?
Who helps Megan die? (Image credit: BBC)

Last week cancer patient Megan begged Charlie to help end her suffering, so be prepared for tears this week when Charlie prepares to fulfil his promise to his dearest friend. The clock's ticking until 6pm - the time Charlie has agreed to give Megan (Brenda Fricker) a fatal dose of painkillers. Tess guesses what's going on, however, when she discovers the stash of painkillers Charlie has stolen and begs them both to reconsider. Charlie, Tess and Megan's care worker Lily then come together to give Megan a night to remember and organise a fun Vegas themed evening as it's somewhere the dying nurse has always wanted to go. But once her friends leave her alone, Megan again attempts to take her own life as she's secretly learned that the cancer has spread to her brain. The following morning, Lily finds her before it's too late, but what follows is a harrowing story in which Tess and Charlie wrestle with their consciences about the most humane course of action. By the end of the episode the dying nurse does take her final breath under the care of Charlie and Tess, but she administers the fatal dose herself. (opens in new tab)

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.