For Marnie on France 2: is the series inspired by a true story? – News Series on TV

For Marnie on France 2: is the series inspired by a true story? – News Series on TV
For Marnie on France 2: is the series inspired by a true story? – News Series on TV

This evening, France 2 is launching “Pour Marnie”, a British series which addresses the issue of the end of life for children. A moving family drama carried by Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen. Is the series inspired by a true story?

France 2 is broadcasting this evening the first two episodes of the British series Pour Marnie.

Starring Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen, the series tells the heartbreaking story of Nicci and Andrew, a couple faced with an impossible choice.

Indeed, Marnie, their 13-year-old daughter, suffers from muscular dystrophy, an incurable degenerative disease. After yet another hospitalization due to a severe lung infection, Marnie slips into a coma.

Without hope of saving her, the doctors then suggested stopping treatment in her interest. A hypothesis that will tear the Lloyd family apart. While the decision will be decided in court, crucial questions about the end of children’s lives, the limits of therapeutic relentlessness and respect for the dignity of patients will arise.

After seeing the first episodes of For Marnie, you are probably wondering if the series is based on a true story.

Is the series inspired by a true story?

Yes and no. Although it was not directly adapted from a true story, the series is heavily inspired by several real events.

To write the series, Jack Thorne, the screenwriter of For Marnie, drew on various cases of legal battles involving families and doctors disagreeing over the medical decisions of their seriously ill children.

On this subject, he explained in a interviewI wouldn’t want to tell the story of a real couple, a real family going through this, I think it would be too intrusive“. And added, “We spent a lot of time talking to people who have been through this, talking to doctors. So, many people have influenced this series and their stories are reflected in it, but no stories are directly copied because that just wouldn’t be right“.

Although the precise details of the stories that inspired the storyline are not explicitly disclosed, the British newspaper The Guardian notes that the series recalls the cases of Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old baby, and Archie Battersbee, a 12-year-old teenager, whose fates were debated in courts in Britain.

Hollie Dance, Archie Battersbee’s mother, had also stressed the importance of the series in raising public awareness of the challenges faced by parents in such situations. “It is important that this is highlighted. Because unless you experience this, it is impossible to understand what parents are going through“, she declared in an interview given to the BBC .

For Marnie is broadcast on Monday June 24 and Monday July 1 at 9:10 p.m. on France 2.

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