A mother from Somerset who was cared for by St. Margaret’s Hospice is one of the stars of an uplifting new TV documentary series.

Produced over three years and narrated by Julie Walters, My Wonderful Life features individuals with life-limiting conditions who record messages and arrange gifts and surprises for their loved ones, to be delivered after they have died.

Before she passed away in November 2015 at the age of 52, mum of four Karon Peters recorded a series of messages and made special arrangements for her loved ones to help them come to terms with her death and to celebrate her life and legacy.

Adam MacDonald, director of Sky One, said: “I'd like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all of the contributors who’ve worked on this programme over the last few years for sharing their lives with us over this most challenging of times. They have, together with Chalkboard, produced a really important piece of television that is a brave, bold, moving, funny, sad, uplifting celebration of life and the importance of memory.”

In the episode, which will be broadcast at 9pm on Thursday 1 March on Sky One, Karon arranges a surprise for her close friend and neighbour Ali.

Karon also sends her best friend Hannah back to Malta, the island where the pair partied in their 20s, to receive a clifftop message and share one final sunset together.

Karon has the last laugh at the stables with her horse-riding pals Sally, Simone and Sam. And the Mid Somerset Show plays host to an unexpected equestrian event like no other for family friends Vicky, David and Holly.

And wanting to go out with a bang, Karon has arranged a special party for family and friends. Husband Phil is the guest of honour, but from beyond the grave, Karon has some amusing revelations.

Warwick Banks, series editor, said: “From the outset, Sky has been hugely supportive of our vision for My Wonderful Life, which was to make a series on life-limiting illness that is actually life-affirming. The result is warm and celebratory and, most importantly, an appropriate memorial to each one of our brave, funny, inspiring contributors.”

Toby Scott, Head of Communications for Dying Matters, said: “Despite some welcome progress, as a society we still find it difficult to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement, and many of us are failing to share our end-of-life wishes with our loved ones. That’s why we think programmes such as My Wonderful Life are important. They have the potential to demystify dying and show people how important it is to discuss end of life issues before it’s too late. We are looking forward to seeing the finished series, and hope it starts lots of the conversations we all need to have.”