Britain's Greatest Hoaxer. Simon Brodkin. Copyright: Avalon Television
Britain's Greatest Hoaxer

Britain's Greatest Hoaxer

  • TV documentary
  • Channel 4
  • 2017
  • 1 episode

Documentary following prankster and comedian Simon Brodkin as he plans and executes a number of audacious stunts. Also features Ilan Sherman and Tina Hobley.

Britain's Greatest Hoaxer. Simon Brodkin. Copyright: Avalon Television

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Channel 4
Ilan Sherman, Simon Brodkin and Tina Hobley
Paul Young
Paul Young, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Simon Brodkin

Simon Brodkin, the man behind comedy character Lee Nelson, created one of 2015's most iconic images when he showered disgraced FIFA President Sepp Blatter with banknotes in front of the world's media in Zurich, but the methods behind this and his other audacious stunts have always remained secret. Until now.

In 2016 Channel 4 secured exclusive and unrestricted access to Simon as he set his sights on three of the world's most notorious figures: Simon Cowell, Sir Phillip Green and the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. With never before seen footage, Britain's Greatest Hoaxer lifts the lid on the months of meticulous planning and preparation that go into pulling off a successful stunt. With tension, drama, disguise, false starts, arrests and near misses with the U.S. Secret Service, the documentary will reveal the extraordinary and even dangerous measures Simon takes as he bursts the bubbles of some of the world's richest and most famous people.

The 2015 image of Simon showering Sepp Blatter in banknotes made the front pages of the Times, Telegraph, Guardian and Independent in the UK, as well as countless headlines around the world. Previously Simon has joined Kanye West on stage during the rapper's headline set at Glastonbury; helped Volkswagen fit the latest in emissions-cheating technology to their new car at the Geneva International Motor Show; gate-crashed a prime-time Saturday night broadcast of The X Factor; and joined the England football team ahead of their flight to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Britain's Greatest Hoaxer airs as part of Channel 4's Fake News Week.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 10pm on Channel 4
Most recent repeats
  • Monday 13th February 2017 at 10:00pm on 4seven
  • Saturday 11th February 2017 at 11:35pm on 4seven
  • Friday 10th February 2017 at 11:05pm on 4seven -

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