A Short Stay in Switzerland

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A Short Stay in Switzerland
Directed by Simon Curtis
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Running time 90 minutes
Original release
  • 25 January 2009 (2009-01-25)

A Short Stay in Switzerland is a 2009 British television film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Frank McGuinness. It stars Julie Walters, who won the International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Dr Anne Turner.[1][2] It was produced by BBC.

It was also nominated for other numerous awards including the BAFTA Award for Best Single TV Drama and Best Actress.[3]


The movie is based on the true story of Dr. Anne Turner (25th January 1939 – 24th January 2006)[4] who after suffering from the incurable Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP, also called ‘Steele-Richardson-Olszewski Syndrome’, travelled to Zurich for an assisted suicide by an organization called Dignitas. This came four years[5] after her husband died of a similar rare incurable condition, Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).[6][7]




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  2. "Julie Walters stars as Britons dominate International Emmys". Telegraph. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2015-03-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "A Short Stay in Switzerland (2009 TV Movie) : Awards". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-03-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6590561/bio%7C IMDb:– Anne Turner: Biography
  5. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6590562/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm%7C IMDb:– Jack Turner: Biography
  6. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1120681/Anne-drink-die-Why-stood-allowed-mother-commit-suicide.html%7C Mail Online:– 'Anne, if you drink this you will die': Why we stood by and allowed our mother to commit suicide.
  7. Savill, Richard (2006-01-25). "By the time you read this, I will be dead". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-03-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezD0GddG1yM

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