Embarrassing Bodies

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Embarrassing Bodies
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Current opening title sequence introduced in 2010
Genre Medical
Presented by Pixie McKenna
Dawn Harper
Christian Jessen
James Russell
Narrated by Ashley Jensen
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8
Executive producer(s) Sarah Eglin
Steph Harris
Dan Jones
Running time 47 minutes (excluding advertisements)
Original channel Channel 4
Original release 2007 – 2015
External links
Embarrassing Bodies Website

Embarrassing Bodies (formerly Embarrassing Illnesses) is a British BAFTA-award winning reality medical television programme broadcast by Channel 4 and made by Maverick Television since 2007. In 2011, an hour-long live show was introduced, "Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic", which makes use of Skype technology. Various spin-offs have been produced in relation to the programme to target different patients, such as Embarrassing Fat Bodies and Embarrassing Teenage Bodies.


The main objective of the programme is to aid people who have a wide range of ailments that are "too embarrassing" to show to their doctor. The programme can also help viewers self-diagnose at home without attending a doctor's appointment. As well as showing patients' visits to the doctor, the possible effects of certain people's occupations, such as cyclists or football players, are also shown. The programme's success has attracted large numbers of people to its website.[1]


The programme is narrated by Ashley Jensen. Actor Nick Thomas-Webster and Big Brother 8 contestant Shabnam Paryani featured as patients in the first series.[2] Series 1 was named Embarrassing Illnesses, Series 2 was named Embarrassing Teenage Bodies, Series 3, 4 and 5 were named Embarrassing Bodies, and a one-off episode, "Embarrassing Old Bodies", was broadcast in January 2010. A new series, Embarrassing Bodies: Kids, was shown in April 2010. The sixth series of Embarrassing Bodies started on 28 January 2011.

Asim Shahmalak appeared on the show to talk about and demonstrate his hair transplant techniques.[citation needed]


EB has won two Bafta awards:[3]

  • 2009 Award for Interactivity Online
  • 2010 Award for Interactive Creative Contribution

EB was nominated for the 2013 National Television Award for Factual Entertainment.


Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic[edit]

In May 2011, a spin-off series, Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic (titled Diagnosis Live from the Clinic in pre-publicity and the first episode) launched, enabling viewers to appear via webcams and Skype. The programme was presented by Christian Jessen and Dawn Harper, with additional narration and reports from Pixie McKenna.[4] These episodes consist of approximately 47 minutes.

Embarrassing Bodies Down Under[edit]

In October 2013, an Australian version of the show was launched on LifeStyle You. The show's first series comprised eight episodes, which were hosted by doctors Ginni Mansberg, Brad McKay, and Sam Hay.[5][6] The show's layout is similar to its British counterpart and focuses on the health issues of various Australian citizens.[7]


Channel 4 aired a version of the series where Dawn Harper went to Thailand and provided information on how to stay healthy while abroad. Christopher Hooton of Metro said that it provided some "incredibly sensible tips on staying healthy while travelling".[8]


  1. ^ Kiss, Jemima (1 May 2008). "Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies heats up online". London: Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Embarrassing Illnesses at the IMDb
  3. ^ http://awards.bafta.org/keyword-search?keywords=embarrassing+bodies
  4. ^ Jessen, Christian. "C4 to come Live from the Clinic in multiplatform consumer health show". Channel 4.com. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Embarrassing Bodies Down Under recap: Full-frontal exposure". SMH. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "TV Picks: Super Fun Night, Keating: The Interviews, Embarrassing Bodies Down Under, Bundaberg Rum". News.com.au. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Local lifestyle shows score on Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Hooton, Christopher (12 March 2012). "Embarrassing Bodies ruined our dinner but improved our health". Metro. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 

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