The Boy Who Can’t Forget
Friday, 7.30pm, National Geographic If I asked you what you did on August 30, 2004, would you remember? Presuming you are more than nine years old, would you remember the day of the week? What the weather was like? What you wore in the morning? If the answer is ‘‘ no’’ or ‘‘ you must be joking’’, you are probably not in possession of the kind of memory rare individuals, such as those profiled in this documentary, appear to have. Welsh university student Aurelien Hayman is the boy of the title. He ‘‘ suffers’’ from hyperthymesia, or highly superior autobiographical memory. The cheerful 20-year-old is one of only a handful of people in the world with the condition. But when the focus shifts to Los Angeles, where 46-year-old Jill Price has been living with hyperthymesia for much longer, the harrowing inability to forget the emotions that go along with the remembered information presents as pathology. A fascinating excursion into cutting-edge neuroscience.