BBC "If..." on cloning, violence and drug legalisation
The second series of IF begins on Thursday, 16 December, 2004, on BBC Two. This second series of IF aims to involve you in the options that lie ahead for you, and for your children. The future, of course, is not here. So IF tries to bring that to life through drama. We imagine how the world might be in 10 or 15 years' time. But before we can begin we need information and opinion. We spend weeks reading, talking to experts and compiling briefing documents before we tackle the drama.
The first film If... Cloning Could Cure Us explores the potential of cloning and stem cell therapy. To give this courtroom drama real substance and moral complexity, we approached our research on several fronts: scientific, ethical, legal and political.
The second film, If... We Could Stop The Violence, might seem like wishful thinking. But it reflects the views of cutting edge scientists who believe that the propensity for violent crime is genetic.
The third film If... Drugs Were Legal examines the existing problems with drug prohibition and hears the arguments in favour of legalisation.
Feedback from viewers and interested citizens is encouraged: in Embryonic stem cell therapy: have your say, you can post your opinion on "Does this type of research and potential treatment herald a medical revolution, which will save countless lives? Or is it just one step too far in an ethical minefield?". Thoughts and opinions on the issues raised by the programme will be published on the BBC site.