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Duration: 1 hour

Comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti (and monkey) delve into the world of new age and alternative therapies in the quest for self-knowledge, enlightenment and happiness.

Nina, mostly happy, gauche and open, is unravelling a little. Life is flying by and she is fearful of what she is becoming - a flakey, stressed-out mum. She wants to feel less angst, more grounded and happy. Monkey is sceptical and the voice of her self-doubt and to him it's all rubbish - the so-called therapists are nothing but charlatans trying to make money.

In a documentary both comical and bizarre, Nina is subjected to therapies ranging from naked yoga and laughter therapy to shamanic ritual, before heading off for an unsettling three-day retreat in the wilds of Scotland to undergo primal screaming and rebirth.

But will it make her happy?

Last on

Wed 20 Jun 2012 00:00 BBC Four


Nina Conti
Nina Conti


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