A Short Stay in Switzerland

Synopsis: Julie Walters stars in a one-off drama inspired by the true story of Dr Anne Turner, who in 2006 took her own life in a Zurich clinic having developed an incurable degenerative disease. Having recently witnessed the death of her husband from a neurological disease, Anne Turner is diagnosed with a near-identical illness and determines to end her life once her condition has reached a critical point. As her health deteriorates, Anne's son and two daughters struggle to reach a consensus over their mother's intentions and while they search for alternative options, silent recriminations and stubborn practicality threaten to tear the family apart. With her family at logger heads, Anne must also face the fury of her best friend, whose opposing views bring them into direct conflict.
Director(s): Simon Curtis
  1 win & 10 nominations.
90 min

I thought it was perfect

but Sophie cut it.

Good for Sophie.

Before I make a toast

to the bride and groom,

I ask you to raise your glasses

to the man who should be delivering

this speech... Our wonderful father.

He's been a tower of strength to

Sophie, to Jessica, to myself and

to our mother, all through our

lives, and he continues to be so.

He makes you all welcome

to our house on this great day

and so I ask you to salute

our parents...

To Dr Jack Turner

and Dr Anne Turner.

Jack and Anne.

Guess who's last to leave.

Clare and Richard

are having a nightcap.

Why don't you go and see them off?

I can manage here.

Oh, thank you, darling.

My wife has just made the profound

observation that nature knows best.

I'm pointing out she is,

as usual, talking rot.

And you'll take his side,

You'll stick together.

You doctors always do.

Well, I know we're not allowed

to help people die peacefully

but we can watch

them die of starvation!

Hypocrisy annoys me, Clare.

It's been a long day.

We'd best be going.

No, no, no. Drink

the champagne, finish it. Enjoy it.

Enjoy everything while you can.

We had such plans, Jack

and myself, when he retired.

A new life... Oh, Clare,

take that expression off your face!

You're looking sympathetic,

it doesn't suit you.

You look like a nun with halitosis.

Well, thank you very much!

If you're not careful,

I'll come and breathe all over you!

Oh, get me a last glass

of something - anything!

That'll do. Get that down you.

Cheers. Cheers.


Did you put poison in this glass?!

No, I merely looked at it.

I want to see you drink it.

Come to an end.

Life as we have known it.

I wanted to be

happy in our retirement.

I am angry he got ill,

we had better things to do than die!

Damn it! Damn it!

We'd better go.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Frank McGuinness

Professor Frank McGuinness (born 1953) is an Irish writer. As well as his own plays, which include The Factory Girls, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and Dolly West's Kitchen, he is recognised for a "strong record of adapting literary classics, having translated the plays of Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen, Garcia Lorca, and Strindberg to critical acclaim". He has also published four collections of poetry, and two novels. McGuinness has been Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin (UCD) since 2007. more…

All Frank McGuinness scripts | Frank McGuinness Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "A Short Stay in Switzerland" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 25 Feb. 2021. <https://www.scripts.com/script/a_short_stay_in_switzerland_18046>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    A Short Stay in Switzerland

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.