A new BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama, Vital Signs was broadcast on BBC R4 on Jan 6th 2022, at 2.15pm:

An original drama inspired by a true story.

Ben suffers from a severe phobia of blood, the heart and medical intervention. In this intimate story, Ben tries to make sense of the fact that, on one normal day in 2018, his greatest fear came true. His heart stopped.

A drama about the stories that fear tells us, and one man’s attempt to take control of his narrative.

Ben….. Joel MacCormack
Ben’s Partner….. Rhiannon Neads
The Consultant….. Neil McCaul
The Psychotherapist….. Christine Kavanagh
The Sonographer….. Jasmine Hyde
The Mother….. Grace Cooper Milton
Cath….. Eimear Fearon

Featuring contributions from Dr Boon Lim, Consultant Cardiologist, and clinical lead for the Imperial Syncope Diagnostic Service based at Hammersmith Hospital London. Dr Boon Lim is also an author and co-founder of

Written by Ben Musgrave
Directed by Anne Isger
Sound Design by Pete Ringrose

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