Join writer Elizabeth Flux and comedian Ben McKenzie on their six* year mission to read every Terry Pratchett novel**, one a month, and discuss them with special guests, puns, listener questions and footnotes! Plus we also cover short stories, nonfiction, games and adaptations. Episodes are released on the 7Ath of each month; the next book is listed at pratchatpodcast.com and announced at the end of each episode. Send in questions via Twitter or Facebook!
The explicit tag represents a fairly average Australian level of coarse language.
** Not just the Discworld ones!
...And That Spells Trouble (Guards! Guards! board game)
Dr Melissa Rogerson returns and joins Liz and Ben in a game of squabbling guilds, missing spells and the terrifying pitter patter of hundreds of tiny feet... It’s time to play the revised 2012 edition of Leonard Boyd and David Brashaw’s Guards! Guards! A Discworld Board Game, based on the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett.
Hogswitch (with Rhianna Pratchett and Gabrielle Kent)
Hogswatch isn’t just for Christmas - it’s also for new year’s eve! Which is also over. But we recorded this a while ago, and anyway this is a very special HogsWITCH, because Liz and Ben skip discussing a Terry Pratchett book to instead interview none other than the authors of Tiffany Aching’s Guide to Being a Witch: Rhianna Pratchett and Gabrielle Kent!
This Christmas Goes to Eleven (Father Christmas’ Fake Beard)
On the eighth of December Pratchat gave to me:
Eleven season's stories,
Four silly Santas,
Two carol chronicles,
No special guests,
And a full Prod-Ye-A'Diddle Oh!
Join Liz and Ben as they unwrap Terry Pratchett’s 2017 short story collection, Father Christmas' Fake Beard.
How Did Discworld Get to 40? (40th Anniversary Special)
How and why did a weird comic novel, originally published in an edition of 500 from a relatively unknown author, kick off one of the most beloved and long-running fantasy series of all time? Ben McKenzie investigates - well, speculates really - in this special episode looking at why Terry Pratchett's Discworld has endured so long, with contributions from Discworld luminaries, podcasters and fans.
The Masked Dancer (“Turntables of the Night")
John has had a rough night: he's narrowly escaped an explosion, his mobile disco business is up in flames, and his best mate Wayne has vanished. But that's nothing - wait until you hear who he met on the dancefloor... DJ and comedian Andrew McClelland joins us to discuss Terry Pratchett's 1989 short story, "Turntables of the Night"!
It Belongs in a University (The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day)
A priest, a wizard and a librarian walk into a courtroom… It sure sounds like a setup for a joke! But the Church of the Latter-Day Omnians aren’t laughing. They see Unseen University’s Roundworld as blasphemously infringing their intellectual property, i.e. the belief that the Disc is round. Complicating matters is the unexpected arrival of Marjorie Daw, Roundworld librarian, who has definite opinions about this sort of thing - as do the authors of the book itself… Liz and Ben are joined by the Reverend Dr Avril Hannah-Jones, and science educator Dr Charlotte Pezaro, for one last visit to the universe in a bottle that seems eerily familiar. It’s our discussion of Terry Pratchett’s final collaboration with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, 2013’s The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day.
A pleasure to hang out
I love Pratchett books and love listening to chat about the books. I’ve tried a few similar podcasts and Pratchat is the one I keep coming back to. A pleasure to listen, a reminder to go back to books I’ve loved and an encouragement to try new ones. Thanks Ben and Liz.
Pull the other one, it has got puns on.
Pratchett changed my life when I was reading his books for the first time, and Pratchat is kind enough to bring all those good feelings back to me. Just fantastic discussions, a good, normally calm flow and guests with a great range of both life experiences and takes on Pratchett. Thank you Ben and Liz.
I was nervous….
But I’m happily proven wrong!!
I love Discworld, it’s a happy place for me, but I was hesitant of finding a podcast on it, as I didn’t want my love of the thing tarnished in any way.
Thankfully, Liz and Ben are a delight, and the guests they pull in bring joy.
It’s nice to have friends bouncing around merrily in this world we all love, even when we have differing opinions.
And, having just finished the Dodger ep, it’s encouraging me to read more outside of Discworld, and Good Omens.
A great way to pass an hour or so.