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!
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.
Punching Up (“Theatre of Cruelty")
It’s a funny old life, the theatre...though less funny when you find yourself dead in an alley in Ankh-Morpork in mysterious circumstances. Or rather, when the Watch finds you. But never fear - Carrot is on the case! Author Caimh McDonnell (aka C. K. McDonnell) joins us to talk about Terry Pratchett’s 1993 Discworld short story, “Theatre of Cruelty”.
Discus Ex Machina (Strata)
It’s the Disc, Kin, but not as we know it! There’s a giant turtle, but no giant elephants. There’s a Broken Drum, but it’s in a space station. And there’s something wrong with the sky - but that’s partly our fault, we crashed our spaceship into it... EJ Mann joins Liz and Ben to talk all about Terry Pratchett’s third novel, 1981’s Strata.
Long Fall Sally (The Long Utopia)
Historical superheroes! Explicit Jesus allegories! Big Dumb Objects! Yes, it’s another typical adventure in the Long Earth. Isn’t it? Find out as Deanne Sheldon-Collins joins Liz and Ben for a long chat about the penultimate Long Earth novel, 2015’s The Long Utopia.
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.
I love this podcast! The topic is amazing of course and the interaction between Liz & Ben is always fun, witty and chock a block full of puns. If you love Sir Terry you’ll get a good kick out of this series.