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All three series of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom, plus the hour-long special Locked In ‘Bold, beautiful, daring radio’ The Telegraph Vent charts coma patient Ben’s journey from the depths of unconsciousness, where he travels through the distinctly odd landscape of his own mind, to recovery and his attempts to readjust to the real world. In Series 1 and 2, as his mum and wife Mary sit round his bedside and wonder how to wake him up, Ben’s mind is busy elsewhere. In his imagination, he lives with his 2-year-old daughter Blitz (now miraculously grown up), encounters celebrities such as Sue Lawley, Elvis Presley and Tom Paulin, relives memories from his past and gets into a compromising situation with a fellow inmate at a strangely familiar Torquay hotel. Meanwhile, an imaginary sitcom written by him, about coma patients in a hospital, plays in the background. Locked In, first broadcast as a Friday Play in 2009, sees Ben free of his coma, but suffering from locked-in syndrome. Unable to engage with the world around him, he takes refuge once more in the safety of his unconscious – while the hospital debate whether to send him to a rehab unit or a care home. Series 3 finds Ben taking the ambulance home to begin life in a wheelchair. But life outside hospital is a little fraught. Fortunately, he can still escape into his fantasy world, where he meets Buzz Aldrin, invents a panel game and gets some relationship advice from Lord Byron. Based on writer Nigel Smith’s own experience of being hospitalised with a brain lesion, this moving, darkly funny sitcom stars Neil Pearson as Ben, with Fiona Allen as Mary, Josie Lawrence as Mum and Leslie Ash as Blitz. Guest stars include David Mitchell, Robert Webb and Jeremy Paxman.Show more
The laugh-out-loud funny girl-series returns - and Nat is more embarrassed than ever! From TV and radio comedy writing talent Nigel Smith. For some girls the chance to be a bridesmaid is a dream come true.But for Nathalia it's a total nightmare. From the hideous fairy princess bridesmaid dresses, to the disastrous bridal shower, everything about the wedding of her cousin Tiffannee leaves Nat feeling COMPLETELY ridiculous! So when Nat's best friend Darious Bagley comes up with a plan to get her out of it, Nat jumps at the chance, even if it means being a bridesmaid at another wedding... on the same day! As if that wasn't enough, guess who's the head wedding planner? That's right...Nat's dad, THE MOST EMBARRASSING DAD IN THE WORLD! Hold on to your fairy wings! There's only one way this is heading...Show more
The laugh-out-loud funny girl-series returns - and Nat is more embarrassed than ever! From TV and radio comedy writing talent Nigel Smith.Nat's class is going on a week-long field trip to hunt for fossils. Cue mouldy log cabins, potholing, map reading and other totally boring geography-related stuff - all the things that Nat hates... and Dad loves! Of course he volunteers to come along with the class as a parent helper.Normally Nat would strictly forbid Dad's attendance BUT he's finally applied for a 'proper' job - teaching survival skills to juvenile delinquents - which she really wants him to get, as it will keep him busy and stop him interfering in her life! If all goes well on this trip, he'll definitely get the job. Nat just needs to keep Dad away from the canoes... and anything involving a zip wire, oh and perhaps they shouldn't venture up the rather treacherous-looking mountain Bleak Peak during the rainiest storm of all time...Show more
The most embarrassing dad in the world is back in this hilarious series for girls from TV and radio-comedy writing talent, Nigel Smith.When Dad posts an embarrassing video of Nat online as a joke, she's furious. Things are set to get much worse, however, when the video goes viral and she finds herself centre of the nation's attention for all the wrong reasons - even the prime minister is imitating her!But when a local care home for abandoned pets is threatened with closure, Dad convinces Nat to use her new-found celebrity to raise money for it - with him acting as her agent, of course! Cue: a disastrous appearance hair-modelling job, a not-so-glamorous campaign for a local optician and a call to turn on the town's rubbish autumn illuminations (the one with the miserable face off The X-Factor cancelled at the last minute). And as if Nat didn't have enough to deal with, school isn't exactly easy when you're a minor celebrity...Show more
Laugh-out-loud funny for girls in this hilarious new series from TV and radio comedy writing talent Nigel Smith.The Most Embarrassing Dad in the world is back and embarrassing Nat even more than ever! This time they're on holiday in France but everything is far from 'bonne'!Show more
At last something laugh-out-loud funny for girls in this hilarious new series from TV and radio comedy writing talent Nigel Smith.The Most Embarrassing Dad in the World was embarrassing Nathalia even before she was born.He went and married Mum, didn't he?Mum's last name was De Montfort.Thanks to Dad she wasn't Nathalia De Montfort.She was Nathalia Bumole."It's pronounced Bew-mow-lay," Dad would tell her patiently, time and again. "If anyone says differently, the joke's on them."But as Nathalia knows only too well, the joke will not be on them. It will be on her. Massively.If Nathalia can just keep The Most Embarrassing Dad In The World away from her new school, then maybe he won't ruin everything this time. Maybe.Show more
The History Plays is a series of five two-hander plays by Vent author Nigel Smith, which are imagined conversations at key moments in recent history, moments that have permanently changed the British psyche. Starting with Mick Jagger's conviction for drug possession and the surprising pro-Jagger line taken in a Times editorial; through the fragmented morality of John Stonehouse; the Indian summer of patriotism over the Falklands; the death of Diana; and the end of the Blair years, The History Plays are a satirical and thoughtful exploration of huge social forces played out in small human dramas. This is a series about the promises and pitfalls of history, the points of conflict. But what's really significant is what these moments say about our attitudes and assumptions now.The plays included are:Jagger in JailIt is 1967, the summer of love and Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones, is in prison starting his three-month sentence for drug possession. His trial - and particularly his sentence - has both scandalised and split public opinion. Jagger in Jail imagines the conversation that might have taken place between Mick and a cellmate, Jim, during what turned out to be his only night behind bars. As the night passes, Jim and Mick find that while they have a fair bit in common, society's plans for them could not be more different. And Jim isn't too happy about it..Starring Kayvan Novak ("Facejacker") as Mick Jagger and Blake Harrison ("The Inbetweeners") as Jim.Stonehouse in AliceIt's 1974 and Ed Jennings, a cub reporter from a local paper has stumbled upon the scoop of a lifetime while on holiday in Australia. Leonard has found missing maverick MP, John Stonehouse, who recently faked his death to escape from a sea of debt, the fraud squad, his wife, and a series of misadventures back home in the UK. A charmer, a snob, an aesthete, a writer and a con man, the Walsall North MP, once one of the greatest loose cannons of his political generation, is now in hiding, shacked up with his mistress in one of the loneliest places on earth. What will be kept secret for decades, however, is that he's also a communist spy. But Stonehouse has an offer for the young reporter. One that will change both their lives.Starring Tim McInnerny as John Stonehouse and Daniel Rigby as Ed Jennings.Maggie Heart GaltieriMaggie Watkins finds a young Argentinean soldier, Christian Galtieri, in her kitchen, wounded and in need of shelter. As she slowly learns why he is in hiding the pair fall in love, but as their relationship grows the Task Force lands and it becomes harder and harder to ignore the larger forces at play around them.Starring Josie Lawrence as Maggie and Javier Marzan as Galtieri.O Salutaris Hostia, DianaMartha and Graham look back over their lives together, but their very different views on Diana mask a far more personal conflict, and Graham's dislike of the princess has its roots in his pain over the circumstances of their son Alan's death.Starring Imelda Staunton as Martha and Toby Jones as Graham.A History of Blair in 9 1/2 VoicesTony Blair is lost in the winding corridors of the BBC the day after his resignation. He finds himself sharing a room with Sue, a struggling impressionist who assumes he is a Tony Blair lookalike. Blair enjoys the opportunity to talk about himself in the third person, and to show off a few impressions of his own. A darkly comic but thoughtful exploration of what makes Blair tick, the play gives a compelling explanation for what may have lain behind Blair's early political successes and what prompted his unwavering commitment to the war in Iraq.Starring Jon Culshaw as Tony Blair and Fiona Allen as Sue.Produced by Gareth Edwards.Show more
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. Starring Neil Pearson, Fiona Allen, Josie Lawrence, Leslie Ash, Robert Webb, Rachel Isaac, Joanna Brookes, Matthew Kelly, Laura Doddington, Bruce Alexander and Scarlett Milburn-Smith. Written and directed by Nigel Smith. Produced by Gareth Edwards.Show more
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