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Duration: 1 hour

In a frank and personal documentary, author Sir Terry Pratchett considers how he might choose to end his life. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008, Terry wants to know whether he might be able to end his life before his disease takes over.

Travelling to the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland, Terry witnesses first hand the procedures set out for assisted death, and confronts the point at which he would have to take the lethal drug.

Last on

Mon 13 Jun 2011 21:00 BBC HD

  • Choosing to Die: Newsnight Debate

    Choosing to Die: Newsnight Debate

    Jeremy Paxman speaks to Terry Pratchett about his documentary, and a panel of studio guests debate the controversial issues surrounding assisted dying.

    Go to the website for Choosing to Die: Newsnight Debate
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  • Directing Choosing To Die

    Directing Choosing To Die

    Charlie Russell, the director of Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die on the making of the film: "Everyone involved in the production, no matter what their views on legalising assisted dying, has been profoundly affected by the experience."

    Read and comment on Charlie's post on the BBC TV blog
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Credits

Presenter
Terry Pratchett
Producer
Charlie Russell
Director
Charlie Russell
Executive Producer
Craig Hunter

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