Nina is a keen after dinner speaker and makes regular personal and special guest appearances.
She was educated at Wykeham School, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where she learned to speak Afrikaans (handy for conversing with Belgians), Bell Baxtar High School, Cupar, Scotland (essential for perfecting five regional Scots accents) and St. Andrews University, where she read English and a lot of trashy novels.
She completed the novels but not the degree and embarked on her writing career on the teenage magazine, Jackie.
From this auspicious start, her career deteriorated rapidly via Editor of Jackie (D.C. Thompson's first ever female editor), Pop writer on The Sun, TV critic for The Sunday People, News of the World and Daily Express (six depressing weeks) - to the enviable point where her autobiography LOVE, SEX AND THE PURSUIT OF CHOCOLATE was written by Ros Grose.
She left Fleet Street and writes occasionally for the Mail on Sunday and she will write travel pieces - particularly about Australia at the drop of an airline ticket.
Nina fuels her shopaholic/chocaholic tendencies and passion for champagne with diverse TV and radio appearances:
Judge on three series of New Faces in the eighties, a regular panellist on Through The Keyhole, resident TV critic on TVS's The Television Show. She co-hosted Anglia Live, a series of discussion programmes, before presenting Now Listen and her own shows, Nina Versus The Rest and Nina, all for BSB. She co-hosted the Love Weekend, a Valentine special which gained the highest ratings for any weekend show on Channel 4.
She has guested on innumerable shows, including Noel's House Party, GMTV, Win Lose or Draw, What's My Line, Kilroy, After Dark, London Live, Sky Travel Show, Out of Order, Bygones, Upfront, Talkabout, After Five, Cluedo, Scruples, Talkback, Wogan, Open, TV Weekly, Late and Live, Celebrity Square, After Dark, People Today (a weekly slot), Central Weekend and the Time The Place (both of which she presented several times) and the James Whale Show.
She sat in regularly for Kirsty Young on Talk Radio Breakfast. She was heard regularly for six years on LBC Radio, had a weekly guest slot on BFBS and has contributed to many shows on Radio 2, 4 and 5 including Woman's Hour, Midweek and Start The Week. She has guest-presented The Breakfast Show on both Radio 2 and GLR and has a regular shot on Nicky Campbell on 5 Live. She presented two editions of Down Your Way for Radio 4, covering Knightsbridge shopping and St Andrew student days (featured on Pick of the Week).
She presented Taste Testers for Granada Sky Broadcasting and currently presents another four food shows for them - Eat Drink and Be Healthy, The Fast Food Show, Cook's Garden and Microwave Magic - but confesses that her cooking has sadly not improved.
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