The Richard Dimbleby Lecture: Shaking Hands With Death
THE RICHARD DIMBLEBY LECTURE 2010: Monday 1st February, BBC1, 10.35pm ALERT ME
Anyone who watched last year’s intriguing series in which Terry Pratchett explored Alzheimer’s will probably be very keen to watch the annual Richard Dimbleby lecture.
Although the event has previously given platforms to luminaries like Prince Phillip, Bill Clinton and James Dyson, this could be one of the most important in recent years.
Since the Discworld author was diagnosed with the illness, he has worked hard to draw attention to the plight of sufferers and although details of this address are sketchy, viewers can expect Pratchett to start asking whether we should be redefining how we as a society deals with death in the face of an ageing population.
Fans of his books will know to expect some acute and funny observations as well as serious subject matter. Few who watched last year’s programmes will forget him describing the illness as, “like having a moron living in your head, running around switching the lights off and stealing the words from the tip of your tongue”.
Given the mitigating circumstances, this could end up being one of the boldest and most poignant for years to come. If nothing else it will at least be more entertaining than Prince Charles’ 2009 lecture…