Terry Pratchett was interviewed* by Sue Lawley on the BBC radio show, “Desert Island” in 1997. One of the reasons I adore Pratchett’s writing is that it seems to be much like the man appears, down-to-earth and philosophical. Listening to him speak is fun. The entirety of his voice draws me in.
Topics covered by Sue and Terry were “Is the Discworld series literature?” Stephen Fry and I disagree on that. Perhaps you can guess what opinion is held by whom. Pratchett explains what The Discworld encompasses and the two talk about his fans and critics. We get to know everything from childhood experiences, work experiences and how long it took for Pratchett to make enough money for him to work full-time as an author. His interactions with his fans have been frequent and also quite personal. Terry never seemed to become arrogant.
Interspersed in the interview, are clips of Pratchett’s music choices and explanations of why these scores appeal to him. While writing this post I took the opportunity to listen to some of them:
- Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique: Épisode de la vie d’un artiste … en cinq parties
- Steeleye Span: Thomas The Rhymer
- Bernard Miles: The Ride of the Rhinegold Stakes (Based on Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze de Figaro: Voi che sapete
- Jim Steinman (performed by Meatloaf): Bat Out of Hell
- Kitarō – The Silk Road: The Rise And Fall Of Civilizations: Theme
- Icehouse: Primitive Man: Great Southern Land
- Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni)
- Emile Massal: Food Plants of the South Seas
I listened to the first two episodes of Good Omens on BBC4 yesterday. I’m one hour ahead of the UK so that was all I managed.
What fun. The voices fit the characters. Hearing Them’s voices was a bit strange. They sounded like kids. I know, they are supposed to do that, but for some reason it all of a sudden sounded strange.
Dirk Maggs did great job with his adaptation of the story. Hastur and Ligum were the baddies they were supposed to be. Crowley and Aziraphale were the fence-sitters they had become and Anathema was depressed about losing her book. Finally, Dog changed with the correct sound.
In honor of the occasion, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman played the cops who chased Crowley and found more than they were looking for when they opened the hood of their car.
If you have a chance, you really should drop by BBC4 and enjoy the comedy while you can.