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20050718

We all think we are unique, so it can come as rather a shock to discover we share our names with scores, maybe even hundreds of people. How can they be us? Are we all an illusion? Five imaginative excursions into Same Name Syndrome.

1/5. Ian McMillan

Poet Ian McMillan finds himself walking in the woods with an orienteering namesake in Huddersfield, and comparing Ivor Novello tunes with a third, more musical, Ian McMillan in Hertfordshire. For a man with a strong sense of self, does it give his ego a boost or a burst to know he shares his name with so many others?

Then News.

20050719

We all think we are unique, so it can come as rather a shock to discover we share our names with scores, maybe even hundreds of people. How can they be us? Are we all an illusion? Five imaginative excursions into Same Name Syndrome.

2/5. Jan Ravens

The actress and Dead Ringers impressionist Jan Ravens spends much of her time pretending to be other people - Fiona Bruce, Linda Barker, the Queen. Underneath the different hairstyles and clothes, who's the real Jan Ravens? And what happens when she meets up with her 'alter ego' - a mental health administrator - in Reigate?

Then News.