sugoll (sugoll) wrote,

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Pratchett on Beeb4

Over the last few days, we've been watching the BBC4 interview with Pterry, as conducted by Mark Lawson. It was kind of weird. Lawson kept throwing in things like "buying some of your books that I didn't have," or "some of the events at which I've seen you", as if to give the impression of a long-time follower of The Man In The Hat. Yet, the overall tone of the interview was, what's wrong with you that you want to write this stuff, instead of proper books?

I mean, the interview was at pains to introduce concepts such as fantasy, sf, Discworld, fanfic, not-all-fans-are-weirdos, etc. And yet, if the expected audience needs such things, what's this programme doing in the middle of a dedicated sf season?

Pratchett was good, of course; he always is. Yet the first third of the interview seemed to be Mr P trying hard to give a good and useful answer to the viewer without responding to Lawson's questions with "what kind of moron are you?"
Tags: sf, tv
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