In one of the most controversial soap storylines to date, Hayley Cropper tonight took her own life on Coronation Street.
"It's a sad day here on ITV and with scenes some viewers might find upsetting," the announcer said as the final episode in Hayley Cropper's life was played out on television at 8.30pm.
At the centre of the story was Hayley's decision to take her own life having been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Both of tonight's episodes used the minutiae of everyday life, and how 'saying goodbye' affects that, to produce a very touching and beautifully produced piece of television.
The earlier 7:30pm episode saw Hayley say her goodbyes to friends in the cafe before discussing her decision with husband Roy.
Scenes in the cafe with Fizz and Tyrone and Chesney as Hayley said (what we knew) were her final farewells were very tastefully done.
Roy spoke for everyone who has lost a loved one as he asked Hayley for just one more day as he presented her with a gift of a push-trolley sculpture.
In beautifully acted scenes Roy and Hayley (David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh) finally played out the reality of what would happen on a night when a person decides to end their own life.
"You have freedom of choice I beg you to exercise it, there's still joy to be had. Why turn your back on it?" Roy begged in the second episode.
"There were never going to be a right time for you," Hayley said. "I've said my goodbyes and I've made my peace. I'm not going to pretend I'm not afraid but I'm ready."
The Coronation Street team treated the issue of the 'method' in the euthanasia as secondary to the interaction of the characters and that was the right decision. This is drama and the ITV team depicted the subject of euthanasia in a responsible and powerful way.
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