TV: Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die

BBC Two, Monday 13th June, 9pm-10pm, followed by Choosing to Die: Newsnight Debate, BBC Two, Monday 13th June, 10pm-10:30pm

From BBC News: “British author Sir Terry Pratchett is to participate in a BBC Two documentary about assisted suicide, it has been announced. The Discworld writer will travel to a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland with a 71-year-old who suffers from motor neurone disease. Sir Terry, who was diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer’s in 2008, said he was “a firm believer in assisted death” and wanted to learn more about it. …

“I believe everybody possessed of a debilitating and incurable disease should be allowed to pick the hour of their death,” Sir Terry said. “And I wanted to know more about Dignitas in case I ever wanted to go there myself.”

Last year, a UK inquiry into the issue of assisted dying was launched with funding from Sir Terry [the Commission on Assisted Dying].

The BBC’s commissioning editor for documentaries, Charlotte Moore, said: “Assisted death is an important topic of debate in the UK, and this is a chance for the BBC Two audience to follow Sir Terry as he wrestles with the difficult issues that many across Britain are also faced with.”

The documentary will also see the writer explore how different European countries deal with the issue.”

In the Newsnight special debate which follows, “Jeremy Paxman talks to Terry Pratchett about his documentary, and a panel of studio guests debate the issues surrounding assisted death.” (from the Radio Times)

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