Being Yourself

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.

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0101Ian McMillan20050718

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.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?

0101Ian McMillan20050718

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.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?

0102Jan Ravens20050719

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?

0102Jan Ravens20050719

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?

0103Ian Clayton20050720

West Yorkshire writer and TV presenter Ian Clayton reflects on the nature of fame when he meets first an Ian Clayton based at Wigan Pier in Lancashire, then a namesake in Skipton.

The first one doesn't know him from Adam, the second is a fan who'd quite like to be him.

0103Ian Clayton20050720

West Yorkshire writer and TV presenter Ian Clayton reflects on the nature of fame when he meets first an Ian Clayton based at Wigan Pier in Lancashire, then a namesake in Skipton.

The first one doesn't know him from Adam, the second is a fan who'd quite like to be him.

0104Fine Time Fontayne20050721

searches the internet to find other people who share his real name, Ian Crossley.

When Fine Time first took to the stage, he initially changed his name to Ordinary Seaman Whipple.

Although he's still known to his Mum and Dad as Ian, in the business everyone now calls him Fine Time.

So does he have a split personality? Do two other Ian Crossleys - an amateur actor and a fervent Christian - ever dream of changing their name, their identity?

0104Fine Time Fontayne20050721

searches the internet to find other people who share his real name, Ian Crossley.

When Fine Time first took to the stage, he initially changed his name to Ordinary Seaman Whipple.

Although he's still known to his Mum and Dad as Ian, in the business everyone now calls him Fine Time.

So does he have a split personality? Do two other Ian Crossleys - an amateur actor and a fervent Christian - ever dream of changing their name, their identity?

0105 LASTClare Jenkins20050722

Clare Jenkins is a writer and broadcaster for Radio 4.

Here, she meets her BBC doppelganger, as well as another Clare Jenkins (nee Murphy) who works for the architects' institute in Birmingham, where the first Clare used to live.

Among other things - like Catholicism, and Doctor Who - they reflect on the thorny business of name-changing upon marriage, when an important part of a woman's identity could be seen to disappear.

0105 LASTClare Jenkins20050722

Clare Jenkins is a writer and broadcaster for Radio 4.

Here, she meets her BBC doppelganger, as well as another Clare Jenkins (nee Murphy) who works for the architects' institute in Birmingham, where the first Clare used to live.

Among other things - like Catholicism, and Doctor Who - they reflect on the thorny business of name-changing upon marriage, when an important part of a woman's identity could be seen to disappear.