Vent

Comedy by Nigel Smith.

Ben doesn't get out much, but he's got a loving and attentive family, an active imagination and a comfortable bed...because he's in a coma.

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Comedy by Nigel Smith.

Ben doesn't get out much, but he's got a loving and attentive family, an active imagination and a comfortable bed...because he's in a coma.

Ben is in a coma. While his family wonder how to wake him up, his mind is busy elsewhere. Stars Neil Pearson. From July 2006.

Ben is in a coma. While his family wonder how to wake him up, his mind is busy elsewhere.

Mary and Mum wonder whether some of Ben's favourite music will wake him up, while his own thoughts are occupied with visions of Sue Lawley, Robbie Williams and an unconventional seduction technique.

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TV racing can't bring Ben out of his coma, so what use is his predicting the winners? Stars Neil Pearson. From July 2006.

TV racing can't bring Ben out of his coma - so what use is his predicting the winners?

As Ben lies on a ventilator in hospital, Mary and Mum put the racing on to try to bring him out of his coma.

It doesn't work, but Ben does somehow seem to have developed a knack for predicting the winners, if only he could think of a way of telling anyone.

Meanwhile John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I's own fortune teller, appears in Ben's brain with some unhelpful observations about what the future might hold.

0103Wouldn't You Like To Get Away2006072520070705
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Comatose Ben is taken to a medical conference in Birmingham, but his mind travels to Paris. Stars Neil Pearson. From July 2006.

Mary and Mum have a break when Ben's unconscious body gets driven to a medical conference in Birmingham.

But they can't quite bring themselves to break their routine and leave the hospital.

Meanwhile, Ben's mind also takes a trip.

Unfortunately, it's a trip back to the hotel in Paris where he had the most miserable night of his life.

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Comatose Ben's doctors bring in a psychiatrist, as he recalls his therapy from the past.

Stars Neil Pearson.

From August 2006.

Ben's doctors wonder if lying in a coma might be making him depressed, and they send in the hospital psychiatrist to see him.

This has a surprising effect on Ben, Mary and Mum.

Meanwhile ben's unconscious mind takes him back to his previous experience of therapy - having a row with mary about their marriage guidance counsellor.

Comatose Ben's doctors bring in a psychiatrist, as he recalls his therapy from the past. Stars Neil Pearson. From August 2006.

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Comatose Ben punches his physiotherapist, while Elvis drops in on his unconscious mind. Stars Neil Pearson. From August 2006.

Ben's physiotherapy seems to be working miracles when he gets far enough out of his coma to punch his physiotherapist.

And what are a tough-as-nails agent, a giant winged angel and Elvis doing in his unconscious mind?Comatose Ben punches his physiotherapist - while Elvis drops in on his unconscious mind.

Stars Neil Pearson.

From August 2006.

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As he lies unconscious in Intensive Care, Ben's mind takes him on his most difficult journey yet, through the landscape of his own chaotic brain, which looks suspiciously like Mordor.

Comatose Ben journeys across his brain's landscape - reminding him of Tolkien's Mordor.

Stars Neil Pearson.

From August 2006.

Comatose Ben journeys across his brain's landscape, reminding him of Tolkien's Mordor. Stars Neil Pearson. From August 2006.

0204Wednesday Morning At 3am2007101620100930 (BBC7)
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As Ben lies in bed in ITU in the small hours, his thoughts start to wander, as do everyone else's.

Comatose Ben - and those awake - share their thoughts at the darkest hour of the night.

From October 2007.

Stars Neil Pearson.

Comatose Ben shares his thoughts with those awake at the darkest hour of the night. Stars Neil Pearson. From October 2007.

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Comatose Ben takes a final trip around the safe fantasy world of his subconscious. Stars Neil Pearson. From October 2007.

Comatose Ben takes a final trip around the safe fantasy world of his subconscious.

Stars Neil Pearson.

From October 2007.

Everyone is faced with decisions.

Should the doctors try a last-ditch treatment to bring Ben round? And is he ready to leave the safety of his unconscious fantasy with Blitz and face up to the grim reality of pain and disability?

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Comedy series by Nigel Smith about a man in a coma, travelling through the distinctly odd landscape of his own unconscious mind.

Ben makes the ambulance journey home to begin life in a wheelchair. On the way he remembers an argument about cheesecake, invents a panel game and meets Buzz Aldrin.

Ben....Neil Pearson

Mary....Fiona Allen

Mum....Josie Lawrence

Blitz....Leslie Ash

Nurse....Jo Martin

Derek....Stephen Frost

Marley....Spencer Brown

Chairman....Robert Webb

Buzz....Peter Banks

Announcer....Bruce Alexander

Bea....Scarlett Milburn-Smith

Directed by Nigel Smith.

As Ben leaves hospital to start a new life, he invents a panel game and meets Buzz Aldrin.

Ben makes the ambulance journey home to begin life in a wheelchair.

On the way he remembers an argument about cheesecake, invents a panel game and meets Buzz Aldrin.

0302Loneliness Is A Crowded Head2009120120120330 (BBC7)
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Comedy series by Nigel Smith about a man in a coma, travelling through the distinctly odd landscape of his own unconscious mind.

Ben's life is full of well-meaning people trying to do everything for him. Everything, that is, except leave him alone. He begins to wonder if Robinson Crusoe might have been on to a good thing.

Ben....Neil Pearson

Mary....Fiona Allen

Mum....Josie Lawrence

Blitz....Leslie Ash

Nurse....Jo Martin

Derek....Stephen Frost

Marley....Spencer Brown

Bea....Scarlett Milburn-Smith

Castaway....John Kay-Steel

Waiter....Bruce Alexander

Directed by Nigel Smith.

Life outside hospital is a little fraught for Ben. Luckily he finds an island refuge.

Ben's life is full of well-meaning people trying to do everything for him.

Everything, that is, except leave him alone.

He begins to wonder if Robinson Crusoe might have been on to a good thing.

Ben begins to wonder if Robinson Crusoe might have been on to a good thing.

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In Ben's mind, Byron offers sweet texts of love. In reality, Mary ponders their marriage. Comatose comedy with Neil Pearson. From December 2009.

In Ben's mind, Byron offers sweet texts of love. In reality, Mary ponders their marriage.

Comedy series by Nigel Smith about a man in a coma, travelling through the distinctly odd landscape of his own unconscious mind.

Ben and Mary's love life needs help; luckily Blitz has found Lord Byron to offer some useful tips.

Meanwhile, mum dismantles a toad in the hole in case it gets in the way of romance.

Ben....Neil Pearson

Mary....Fiona Allen

Mum....Josie Lawrence

Blitz....Leslie Ash

Nurse....Jo Martin

Derek....Stephen Frost

Marley/Lord Byron....Spencer Brown

Bea....Scarlett Milburn-smith

Directed by Nigel Smith.

Ben and Mary's love life needs help; luckily Blitz has found Lord Byron to offer some tips

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Disraeli arrives to deconstruct the characters and folk in Ben's life. Comatose comedy with Neil Pearson and Matthew Kelly. From December 2009.

Disraeli arrives to deconstruct the characters and folk in Ben's life. Stars Neil Pearson.

Comedy series by Nigel Smith about a man in a coma, travelling through the distinctly odd landscape of his own unconscious mind.

Ben is beginning to resent being pushed around.

He imagines a different life back in Victorian times when he might have got things his own way a bit more often - until he gets into an argument with Benjamin Disraeli.

Ben....Neil Pearson

Mary....Fiona Allen

Mum....Josie Lawrence

Blitz....Leslie Ash

Nurse....Jo Martin

Derek....Stephen Frost

Marley....Spencer Brown

Disraeli/Karl....Matthew Kelly

Bea....Scarlett Milburn-smith

Grocer....Nigel Hastings

Directed by Nigel Smith.

Ben imagines life back in Victorian times, when he might have got his own way a bit more.

0305When Was The Last Time You Saw Your Godfather?2009122220150811 (BBC7)

Ben is set to be a godfather, but Mary is not happy about it at all. Comatose comedy with Neil Pearson and Matthew Kelly. From December 2009.

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Ben vows to do something alone, but buying an envelope isn't that easy. Stars Neil Pearson and Fiona Allen. From December 2009.

Ben stages a sit-in at the post office.

Meanwhile a shiny new Ben is trying to write him out of his own life.

Ben....Neil Pearson

Mary....Fiona Allen

Mum....Josie Lawrence

Blitz....Leslie Ash

Nurse....Jo Martin

Derek....Stephen Frost

Marley....Spencer Brown

Bea....Scarlett Milburn-Smith

Assistant 1....Kate Leyden

Assistant 2....Tara Lynch

Lorraine....Tessa Nicholson

Mr Shah....Bruce Alexander

Martin....Nigel Hastings

Copper 1....Tom Price

Copper 2....Abigail Burdiss

Ten-year-old Boy....Lizzy Watts

Directed by Nigel Smith.

Ben vows to do something alone, but buying an envelope isn't that easy.

Ben vows to do something alone, but buying an envelope isn't that easy. Stars Neil Pearson and Fiona Allen. From December 2009.

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Ben has survived a crippling brain lesion, but he won't engage with the world around him, preferring to stay safely in his own fantasy world.

A funny and moving drama about not being dead.

Cast:

Ben...

Neil Pearson

Mary...

Fiona Allen

Mum...

Josie Lawrence

Blitz...

Leslie Ash

Naz...

Robert Webb

Ellie...

Rachel Isaac

Bitch nurse...

Joanna Brookes

Karl / HG Wells...

Matthew Kelly

Katy...

Laura Doddington

Mr Arcola...

Bruce Alexander

Bea...

Scarlett Milburn-Smith

Directed by Nigel Smith

Produced by Gareth Edwards.

By Nigel Smith.

Ben has survived a crippling brain lesion but won't engage with the world.

Comedy drama by Nigel Smith.

Ben....Neil Pearson

Mary....Fiona Allen

Mum....Josie Lawrence

Blitz....Leslie Ash

Naz....Robert Webb

Ellie....Rachel Isaac

Bitch Nurse....Joanna Brookes

Karl/HG Wells....Matthew Kelly

Katy....Laura Doddington

Mr Arcola....Bruce Alexander

Bea....Scarlett Milburn-smith

Ben's in trouble.

He's free of a coma, but not of the past.

Stars Neil Pearson, Josie Lawrence, Robert Webb and Fiona Allen.

Stars Neil Pearson.