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The End review – spiky, witty drama on death that sometimes shifts into the absurd

The End review – spiky, witty drama on death that sometimes shifts into the absurd

A mordant humour is never far from the surface in this series that pivots boldly but not insensitively on the issue of assisted dying

The End wastes no time establishing the spiky tone prevalent throughout this very witty and entertaining black comedy and drama series, which pries open a topical conversation from an irreverent perspective. That conversation is the assisted dying debate, which the series – created and written by Samantha Strauss, whose scripting credits include Dance Academy and its movie spin-off – leaps into by depicting a suicide attempt from the recently widowed Edie (an acidly charismatic Harriet Walter).

Director Jessica M Thompson begins by painting the details of a house fire – spreading from the kitchen to the rest of the apartment – then introducing Edie, who is awoken by the fire. She tries to kill herself but the attempt fails, and she moves to the windowsill, where she chugs down spirits straight from the bottle.

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