Vent. Ben (Neil Pearson). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Repeat Scheduled:
  Tue 23rd (11:30pm, Radio 4 Extra)

Vent

Radio comedy starring Neil Pearson as a man recovering from a coma. This sitcom is based on writer Nigel Smith's own experiences

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2006 - 2009  (BBC Radio 4)
Episodes:
19 (3 series)
Starring:
Neil Pearson, Fiona Allen, Josie Lawrence, Leslie Ash
Writers:
Nigel Smith
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

A dark radio comedy about a man recovering from a coma.

In Series 1 and Series 2, Ben doesn't get out much... because he's in a coma. However, he does have an active imagination, a comfortable bed and his mum and wife at his side.

The 2009 special sees Ben spending time in a rehabilitation unit as he learns to speak and move again.

The forthcoming third series sees Ben, a newly disabled man, return home. People see Ben differently and he starts to see them differently, too.

Vent is an original comedy about how a life-threatening illness can change peoples lives. It is based on the writer's own experiences (in 2001 Nigel Smith was rushed to hospital with a brain lesion so big the radiologist thought the scan had been taken post-mortem - he has written about this in more detail in his best selling book).