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Nina Conti Clowning Around

Nina Conti Clowning Around

  • TV documentary
  • BBC Four
  • 2015
  • 1 episode

Documentary following Nina Conti as she trains to become a clown for a charity that entertains children in hospitals. Features Nina Conti, Hilary Day, Ewan Mackinnon, Suzy Harvey, Simon Munnery and more.

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BBC Four
Nina Conti, Hilary Day, Ewan Mackinnon, Suzy Harvey, Simon Munnery, Sally Phillips, Phil Burgers, Mick Barnfather and more
Nina Conti
Nina Conti, Riaz Meer and Jane Merkin

Award-winning ventriloquist Nina Conti and her much-loved puppet Monkey are a huge hit in comedy clubs around the world and stars of Live At The Apollo. But now she wants to put her skills to a more meaningful end on a much more difficult stage - entertaining children in hospitals.

This film follows Nina as she trains as a giggle doctor with Theodora Children's Charity, beginning with her trying to find her clown persona, who might be Scottish... or might not. Devastated by the discovery that Monkey can only perform in hospitals if he can be boil-washed, Nina tries to go it alone with only a red nose, a few misshapen balloon animals and some slightly disappointing magic tricks. Not to mention her professional snobbery rearing up as she finds herself turning into a baby-voiced children's entertainer. Then there are the difficulties she encounters when faced with clown phobia.

Following her directorial debut with Her Master's Voice which won a Grierson Award and a BAFTA nomination, Nina Conti brings us another frank and intimate documentary about her eventful two-year stint as a hospital clown. Join her to discover whether Nina raised a laugh amongst sick children or whether she cried the tears of a clown.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 15th March 2015 at 9pm on BBC Four
Episode length
1 hour
All previous repeats
  • Monday 16th March 2015 at 2:45am on BBC4

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