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Julian Simpson - Fugue State

4 Extra Debut. A man in a fugue state holds the key to strange events reported in a remote village. Can he be unlocked using sound recordings? Stars Nicola Walker. From Oct 2015.

In the heart of the English countryside in a specialist residential hospital. A man, a government agent, is in a fugue state - a psychological shutdown - the result of something seemingly threatening that has taken place in a remote village.

Needing to act before the situation escalates and believing the patient can still hear, Doctor Fallon uses sound recordings to recreate events leading up to the point of shutdown, to prompt the patient's brain into remembering what has happened.

Julian Simpson's original drama was inspired by a series of talks and workshops at the Wellcome Trust, based around the latest thinking on how the human brain processes inputs - how it builds a model of the world, which we call reality, based on sensory information and our prediction of what we are expecting to see, hear or feel.

Scientific Advisor: Paul Fletcher

Director: Julian Simpson
Producer: Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

45 minutes

Last on

Sun 20 May 2018 00:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Doctor Fallon Nicola Walker
Patient Steven Mackintosh
Johnson Tim McInnerny
Simon Ferdinand Kingsley
Polly Phoebe Fox
Cyclist Phoebe Fox
Driver Ben Crowe
Butler Ben Crowe
Pilot Ben Crowe
Barman Ben Crowe
Director Julian Simpson
Producer Karen Rose
Writer Julian Simpson

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