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Episode 3 of 3

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 28 July 2013

Richard Tyrone Jones, healthy, gym-going poet, man about town and aspirant womaniser, finds himself, on his thirtieth birthday, stricken by an unexpected present: heart failure. Confined to hospital with a a dilated, literally-big heart, surrounded by old men, stuck on drugs and drips and forced to cope with curious medical procedures and even curiouser fellow patients, will he die, or worse, be doomed to life in a mobility scooter at home with his parents in Dudley?

Can he pull through, with the help of Poetry, cod philosophy, and friends - nihilistic Sophia, who tries to cheer his spirits with books by Houellebecq and Lovecraft, and his dour Welsh publisher / solicitor Jacob, who is in charge of his will, but might actually sell more books if he dies? And will having a Big Heart shrink his romantic possibilities?

Based on Richard's Wellcome Trust supported solo show, which toured in 2012, each episode illuminates a different aspect of the experience of illness and facing your own mortality with a sense of humour.

Richard Tyrone Jones is a poet and writer and director of 'Utter!" spoken word, and director of spoken word at the Edinburgh Festival Free Fringe.

It was written by Richard Tyrone Jones
With additional material by Richard Sandling

Studio Engineer and editor - Matt Katz

Produced by Nick Walker
A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.


Richard Tyrone Jones
Richard Sandling
Nigel Barrett
Katie Bonna
Richard Tyrone Jones
Professor Hu
Lobo Chan
Nina Ludovica Smith
Poetry Night MC
Richard Sandling
Nick Walker


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