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BBC to air a sit-com about assisted suicide

The Independent reports (Daisy Wyatt) about a new initiative of BBC to turn assisted suicide into the comedy Way to Go, to be aired on BBC 3 from January 15, 2013.

Helping the terminally ill to die becomes a ‘life line’ for twenty something mates in this new BBC comedy Way To Go, about three blokes who go into business to help the terminally ill to die.

It follows brothers Scott and Joey and their friend Cozzo. After Scott is moved by a terminally ill neighbour’s request to die, and is in desperate need for cash to pay off his brother Joey’s gambling debts, he and his best friend Cozzo decide an assisted-suicide business could be their life line.

Along the way, the 20-something mates find love in the strangest ways, fall out with each other and are touched by some of the people they come across. But it’s their own inadequacies and personal circumstances that most often lead to comedy in the darkest of situations, says the BBC plot synopsis.

Created by US-based comedy writer Bob Kushell, Way To Go stars The Inbetweeners Neil Blake Harrison, Marc Wootton and Ben Heathcote.

Writer Bob Kushell who has worked on The Simpsons and Anger Management says: “As someone who was weaned on great British comedy, including Monty Python, Black Adder and Fawlty Towers, there has been no bigger thrill in my life than to have a show on the BBC (narrowly edging out the birth of my son and trouncing my wedding day by a landslide).”