British Comedy Guide

Vent. Ben (Neil Pearson). Copyright: BBC.


BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 19 episodes (3 series), 2006 - 2009. Stars Neil Pearson, Fiona Allen, Josie Lawrence and Leslie Ash.


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

2006 - 2009
BBC Radio 4
19   (3 series)
Neil Pearson, Fiona Allen, Josie Lawrence and Leslie Ash
Nigel Smith
Gareth Edwards

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).

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