Waterloo Rd Star Says Having MS Should Not Be The End Of The World, UK
- From: OLTICK@xxxxxxxxx (GT Tick)
- Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 10:14:48 -0500
This struck me as funny since I have known people who's soap operas are
so real to them they cry over character's losses and hardships...as if
they were family.
On 12 April viewers of popular BBC school staffroom drama Waterloo Road
saw the character Lorna - who had previously been diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis (MS) - commit suicide.
Camilla Power, who plays Lorna, explained her thoughts on why the
character came to make such a drastic decision.
She said: "I just hope in some way people will realise she's being
overdramatic and it's not the end of the world to have MS. She's a big
control freak, so the idea of not being in control and in a balanced
state of mind tips her over the edge."
Camilla said fans of Waterloo Road who had followed Lorna through both
series of the show, would realise why scriptwriters had chosen to kill
off the character.
She added that although Lorna's condition played a part in the decision
to take her own life, it was part of an overall depressed state of mind
brought about by many aspects of her life.
"There is a steady core of people who follow the character of Lorna and
the people who will be watching it will know her and know she's not
quite right. Those who know Lorna as a character will understand it
makes sense," Camilla added.
Although in the programme the diagnosis time was unusually swift to fit
the storyline, the MS Society worked with the scriptwriters at
programme-maker Shed Productions to ensure information on MS was at hand
prior to recording.
However, following this initial meeting some months ago, the Society had
no further input or control over the portrayal of the character, the
storyline and her suicide.
The MS Society Helpline offered emotional support and information to
callers affected by the storyline.
If you have been affected by the programme and would like to talk to
someone, or if you need more information about any aspect of multiple
sclerosis, contact the MS Society freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8000.
If you have comments you would like to make about the programme, contact
BBC Points of View, email pov@xxxxxxxxx or write to: POV, BBC
Birmingham, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF.
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