Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In tonight's programme

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"When death is hidden and private people don't confront their fears about it."
The words of Mary, the wife of Craig Ewert whose assisted suicide is shown on television tonight, the first time such a death has been shown. The broadcast has created intense argument, as have attempts by campaigners to change the 1961 Suicide Act which makes it a crime to assist those who want to kill themselves. The programme is broadcast after the parents of talented rugby player Daniel James were told they would not face charges for taking their paralysed son to a clinic in Switzerland to end his life. Today the Prime Minister said the law against assisting suicide should remain in place. Tonight we will ask whether it is time to change the law.

Riot police are again on the streets of Athens.Today's action is a pre-planned general strike but follows five days of unrest triggered by the shooting of a teenager by police. Reports talk of the hopelessness of Greek youth who blame the government for focusing on rescuing the economy rather than wider society. So are we seeing the first credit crunch riots?

Tonight we return to Leicester to revisit our four teenagers who are among 80,000 young people facing Christmas in care. Phil has moved home and is with new foster parents while Jareth is facing his last Christmas in the care system. You can watch Liz Mackean's first film here and see profiles and clips of all the teenagers in the series here.

It has been reported that UK troops will leave Iraq next spring. Andrew North looks back to the last time British troops occupied Iraq in the years after World War I and finds remarkable parallels.

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