Dame Julie Walters films shocking scene of assisted dying for new Channel 4 drama Truelove 


Breaking TV’s last taboo: Dame Julie Walters films shocking scene of assisted dying for new Channel 4 drama Truelove

This is the harrowing moment Julie Walters helps an onscreen acquaintance end his life in a moving scene for a new drama.

Exclusive images obtained by the Daily Mail show the actress, 72, filming with Karl Johnson, 74, and Clarke Peters, 70, on a boat on Clevedon Marine Lake in North Somerset.

PICTURED: The harrowing moment Julie Walters helps an onscreen acquaintance end his life in a moving scene for a new drama. The scenes from the six-part Channel 4 series are likely to reignite the debate around assisted suicide

PICTURED: The harrowing moment Julie Walters helps an onscreen acquaintance end his life in a moving scene for a new drama. The scenes from the six-part Channel 4 series are likely to reignite the debate around assisted suicide

Pictures from the shoot show Dame Julie, as retired police chief Phil, kissing Johnson’s character before Peters’s Ken – who plays her teenage sweetheart – places a bag over his head

Pictures from the shoot show Dame Julie, as retired police chief Phil, kissing Johnson’s character before Peters’s Ken – who plays her teenage sweetheart – places a bag over his head

Truelove tells the story of a group of friends who reunite at a funeral and agree that if one of them falls ill they will engineer their death. 

Pictures from the shoot show Dame Julie, as retired police chief Phil, kissing Johnson’s character before Peters’s Ken – who plays her teenage sweetheart – places a bag over his head. 

She holds on to him as Ken suffocates him. The scenes from the six-part Channel 4 series are likely to reignite the debate around assisted suicide, which is illegal in the UK and carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years in England and Wales.

Truelove tells the story of a group of friends who reunite at a funeral and agree that if one of them falls ill they will engineer their death. Assisted suicide is illegal in the UK and carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years in England and Wales.

Truelove tells the story of a group of friends who reunite at a funeral and agree that if one of them falls ill they will engineer their death. Assisted suicide is illegal in the UK and carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years in England and Wales.

Truelove is Dame Julie’s first major TV project for six years and since she revealed her battle with bowel cancer in 2018.

‘I had basically withdrawn from acting… but then I read Truelove,’ she said.

‘I was bowled over by the writing – the dark humour, the love story and thriller element set against a backdrop of what happens to us all as we approach our later years.’

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