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Naked Camera
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Format Hidden camera/comedy
Created by Scratch Productions/RTÉ
Starring PJ Gallagher
Patrick McDonnell
Maeve Higgins
Country of origin Ireland
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 18
Running time 24 minutes per episode
Original channel RTÉ Two
Original run 20 September 2005 – 30 April 2007
Related shows Makin' Jake
External links
Official website

Naked Camera is an Irish hidden camera comedy television show which began airing on RTÉ Two in 2005. It is set and filmed in the Republic of Ireland, mostly in Dublin. Its concept is similar to that of the UK show Trigger Happy TV but can be seen as a descendent of the candid camera elements in RTÉ's own "The Live Mike". The sketch characters are played by the comedians PJ Gallagher, Patrick McDonnell, and Maeve Higgins, who also write the scripts. The third and final series commenced airing in February 2007. It is produced by Scratch Productions for RTÉ.


Character list

This is a list of regular characters, the most celebrated and cult of which is Jake Stevens. There are also a number of other characters who make appearances on an occasional basis.


Character Actor
Jake Stevens PJ Gallagher
Jumperman PJ Gallagher
English Geezer PJ Gallagher
The Fixer PJ Gallagher
Henry Gordon PJ Gallagher
The Dirty Auld Wan PJ Gallagher


Role Actor
Lois Mooney Maeve Higgins
Lily the Beautician Maeve Higgins
Sinead, The Desperate Traffic Warden Maeve Higgins
Unorthodox hairdresser Maeve Higgins


Role Actor
Clifford Crawford the Orangeman Patrick McDonnell
The pernicidy park-keeper Patrick McDonnell
Dutch Tourist Patrick McDonnell
The Traffic Warden/Security guard Patrick McDonnell
US Tourist Patrick McDonnell


Naked Camera's "Jake Stephens" singing out the Tubridy Tonight Christmas special with his festive single "Merry Christmas Jakey Boy" in 2006.

Behind the scenes of Naked Camera there is a crew of five members who must stay incognito at all times during filming.

Director Producer Production Sound Camera
Liam McGrath Tony Deegan Michael O Reilly Ray Cross Emmet Harte

Celebrity appearances

A number of celebrities made accidental and unsolicited appearances during the third series of Naked Camera. These included the rugby analyst and radio presenter George Hook,[1] the professional taxi person Tommy Gorman, the blues musician Don Baker[2] and the association football presenter Bill O'Herlihy.[3] Each are singled out in a taxi.

Christmas single and spin-off show

Similar to other comedic acts in Ireland (Dustin the Turkey, Pat Shortt and Richie Kavanagh) Jake Stevens released a Christmas single "Merry Christmas Jakey Boy". He performed this single on The Cafe[4] and Tubridy Tonight[5] in December 2006. Stevens later received his own spin-off show, Makin' Jake, which commenced broadcasting on RTÉ Two in January 2008.[6] It was not commissioned for a second series.


Naked Camera won an IFTA for "Best Entertainment Programme" in 2007. It was nominated in the same category in 2008.[7]


  1. ^ "Naked Camera gets George Hook". Naked Camera. Accessed 21 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Don Baker on Naked Camera". Naked Camera. Accessed 21 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Bill O Herlihy on Naked Camera". Naked Camera. Accessed 21 November 2008.
  4. ^ The Cafe - 14 December 2006. RTÉ. Accessed 7 November 2008.
  5. ^ Jake Stevens. Tubridy Tonight. Accessed 24 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Makin' Jake". Irish Independent. 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  7. ^ "Awards for Naked Camera". IMDb. Accessed 21 November 2008.

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