Ray Gosling, 70, told the BBC’s
Inside Out programme he had smothered the unnamed man who was dying of Aids.
Pressure group Care Not Killing
said it was “bizarre” the BBC had not told police of the admission
when it was filmed in December.
The BBC said it was under no
obligation to report to police ahead of broadcast but would co-operate with the
During a documentary on death and
dying the Nottingham filmmaker said he had made a pact with his lover to act if
his suffering increased.
In the BBC East Midlands programme,
broadcast on Monday, he told how he smothered the man with a pillow while he
was in hospital after doctors told him that there was nothing further that
could be done for him.
Mr Gosling did not name either his
lover or the hospital.
Dr Peter Saunders, from Care Not
Killing, said Mr Gosling’s account sounded like a case “not of assisted
suicide but of intentional killing or murder”.
In the film Mr Gosling describes
smothering his lover.
He said: “I said to the
doctor: ‘Leave me… just for a bit,’ and he went away.
“I picked up the pillow and
smothered him until he was dead.
“The doctor came back and I
said: ‘He’s gone.’ Nothing more was ever said.
“When you love someone, it is
difficult to see them suffer.”
Mr Gosling said he was aware of the
possible consequences and had no regrets.
Following the broadcast, police
confirmed they had launched an inquiry.
A spokesman said: “We were not
aware of Mr Gosling’s comments until the BBC Inside Out programme was shown.
A BBC spokesman said Mr Gosling’s
“secret” was not known before he was commissioned to make the report
on death and dying, adding: “The first the BBC knew of this incident was
during filming for the programme that was broadcast on 15 Feb 2010.