The BBC has been accused of a new documentary that captures the final moments of a cancer patient.
Anti-euthanasia supporters said it was bringing Big Brother-style TV to a deathbed.
The decision to film an 84-year-old cancer victim known only as 'Gerald for Inside The Human Body' was taken knowing it would be offensive to many viewers.
"I know there are those who feel that showing a human death on television is wrong, whatever the circumstances, " the Daily Express quoted filmmaker Michael Mosley as writing in Radio Times.
"Although I respect this point of view I think there is a case to be made for filming a peaceful, natural death - a view shared by many who work closely with the dying," he added.
"It is trivializing death. It's unhealthy," said the Pro Life Alliance.
The scene, the second time the BBC has screened a death, will go out on BBC One on May 12.