Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die

Synopsis: Terry Pratchett looks at the highly controversial issue of assisted suicide.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Charlie Russell
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
59 min

It's a beastly,

undignified business, and...

..I look on Dignitas

as a...as a way out, really,

to assist me,

to be free of this affliction.

I feel, if I...

can fly free of it,

that pleases me.

I can't make any major

decision without my wife.

What do you think

about your husband's determination?

We do discuss things,

but if I don't agree,

that doesn't mean to say

that he won't do things.

In theory, at least, you're putting

yourself and your wife

in some risk.

That's the last thing I want.

I've decided

that I will not make a decision

until I'm in Switzerland,

which is entirely outside

the jurisdiction of this island.

The solicitor said,

"If Mrs Smedley accompanies you,

"it will be against the law,

and Mrs Smedley can go to

jail for 14 years."

So Peter wrote back and said,

"If it is deemed in the interests

of society,

"I'm sure Mrs Smedley

will be pleased to do her time."


Well, the whole thing

is so ridiculous.

I spent 11 weeks sitting

with my mother in intensive care

in a Sussex hospital, and she kept

looking at me and doing this.

And that had

a very profound effect on me.

I wouldn't put my dog or my cat


an unpleasant, undignified ending,

and I don't want

that locked-in feeling for him,

so I'm quite supportive, really.

I think it's a better...better way

than eking it out to the end.

The thing that actually

worries me about Dignitas...

it is a kind of one-stop shop.

You go in, as it were,

and you come out in an urn. Yes.

That does not sound right.

There is something distasteful

about this.

It sounds like machinery. It does.

And that's one step away

from using the word Nazi... Yes...

..which I'm not using about


And the fact that they're German...

Probably one shouldn't say that.

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