TV: Terry Pratchett on ‘Shaking Hands with Death’

Monday 1st February, 10:35pm – 11:25pm, BBC1, available via the iPlayer for one week after broadcast.

From the BBC: “One of the world’s most popular authors gives the 34th Richard Dimbleby Lecture from the Royal College of Physicians in London.

Sir Terry Pratchett announced in 2007 that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In his keynote lecture, Shaking Hands with Death, he explores how modern society, confronted with an increasingly older population, many of whom will suffer from incurable illnesses, needs to redefine how it deals with death.

The acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series, he is the first novelist to give the Richard Dimbleby Lecture. His books have sold more than 65 million copies and have been translated into 37 languages.”

BBC News is reporting that Pratchett is “ready to be a test case for assisted suicide “tribunals” which could give people legal permission to end their lives.”

Don’t forget the BBC Panorama programme on Monday on a similar topic.

Terry Pratchett and Baroness Finlay were both interviewed on Monday’s Today programme on this proposal.

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