This new series fronted by Miriam Margolyes will look at one of the world’s last taboos: our own mortality.
The actress whose stage credits include The Vagina Monologues, Romeo & Juliet, She Stoops to Conquer and Orpheus Descending will feature in a two-part documentary for the beeb where she discovers more on how we should be living with death.
Miriam openly admits to being terrified about ageing and death and feels the English way of dealing with it is “unsatisfactory – it’s unacknowledged and unwelcome. We don’t talk about it, it’s like a conspiracy of silence – and that makes it much harder.”
A keen swimmer, she’d like to dive into death like the sea, but to find a different journey towards her final destination she must conquer her fear of ‘the end’. The ultimate goal? To discover how to have a good life all the way to the end and beyond.
Miriam Margoyles reads a story for UKTV’s Crackernory.
In a production which the BBC describe as ‘immersive, thought-provoking and entertaining’ the 77-year-old performer will ponder her own mortality – alongside ours. Miriam spends time with communities in the US and in Europe to learn from those who are resisting the end and others who are facing the inevitable. She finds that the end of life doesn’t have to be the end of joy.
Miriam’s Dead Good Adventure will air on BBC Two in hour-long slots. An air date has yet to be announced by the BBC.
Miriam has appeared in many hit television series over the years including BBC police drama Dixon of Dock Green, Granada Television’s law saga Crown Court, the Beeb’s period comedy Blackadder, Sky One supermarket sitcom Trollied and soap operas Angels for the BBC and Crossroads for ATV. Miriam has also been a regular part of the Harry Potter movies. She was the voice of Fly the dog in animated big-screen tale Babe.
Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence the actress also received Best Supporting gong at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in Little Dorrit .