On This Day in 2010 – The Richard Dimbleby Lecture

Wednesday, 1st February , 2023

On this day…

1st February, 2010
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture
Terry Pratchett: Shaking Hands with Death

Terry Pratchett

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

This episode in no longer available via the BBC website, but you can catch it here on YouTube.