The BBC will air a docudrama on Terry Pratchett's life and his struggle with Alzheimer's


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/09/the-bbc-will-air-a-docudrama-o.html


#2

Will it feature Stunt Pratchett(Tony Robinson)?


#3

In a hundred years no one will give a toss about the opinion of those critics; but they’ll still be reading pTerry.


#4

This isn’t going to be much good if the embedded promo is anything to go by. Anyone have any good news about this production?


#5

Pratchett’s books kept getting better as he kept writing and his final few really shone. I hope that this documentary can show his intelligence, wit and humanity like his books do. Does anyone know how to watch it in the US?


#6

I have to disagree here. Going Postal probably would be the last Discworld book I really liked. Snuff and Raising Steam felt 2-dimensional compared to the glory days of late Nineties - early Aughts.


#7

I am pretty sure I will have to rely on semi-legal ways to watch this, thanks to the legal problems of watching BBC content over the internet on the continent.

The BBC can iplay my arse. grumbles


#8

Small Gods… my favorite and rather profound.


#9

Going Postal and Making Money are my two favorites and the books that converted me to a Pratchett fan.
Who knows what makes a book “good” . My love of discworld and anticipation of enjoying more greatness could have blinded me to a multitude of sins. I am not too fussy.


#10

Having just watched it i would say you have nothing to worry about, it’s mostly a documentary really interspersed with paul kaye doing some bio pieces to camera. It’s a lovely and very touching tribute and i liked the paul kaye bits actually, they’re respectfully done and offer something a bit different and interesting to the usual obit documentaries.


#11

Thanks for the heads up! I will definitely check it out based on your recommendation.


#12

The embuggerance was having an increasingly obvious effect on his writing in the last few books.

I’d put his peak at some point around the middle of the Witches/Death/Guards books. Reaper Man, Lords and Ladies, Small Gods, etc.


#13

That period when he could put out two books a year that would make other writers smash their typewriters in jealousy…


#14

I also recommend the ten minute video of Neil Gaiman reading his foreword to “A Slip of the Keyboard” at Pratchett’s memorial service.


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