Hidden camera TV shows are nothing new, they’ve been around since the 1960’s when Bob Monkhouse presented early editions of the UK version of Candid Camera. However Trigger Happy TV gave the idea a twist in it did not revolve around trapping normal people into embarrassing and impossible situations. Instead, presenter Dom Jolly often makes fun of himself rather than others, and many scenes made people stop and either laugh or simply wonder what was going on; the passers-by are never made aware of the fact that they are on television.
The original show ran for two series between 2000 and 2003, totalling seventeen episodes. The show’s star and producer has always said he would not make any more in Britain, as his face and voice were now too well known.
However, Dom Joly announced on Twitter on the same day as the EU referendum that a 3rd series would air. Airing on the Channel 4’s online streaming service All 4, the new series was given an air date of 26th September.
The show highlights Dom Joly deliberately entering into ludicrous or embarrassing situations in public places, all filmed by a hidden camera operated by co-director Sam Cadman.
Starring: Dom Joly
Channel: Channel 4, new series All 4
Produced By: Dom Joly
Directed By: Dom Joly and Sam Cadman
Original transmission Dates: 14th January 2000 – 28th July 2003
New Series 26th September