Saturday 16 December 2017

I'm too homesick to do UK show again – PJ

PJ Gallagher. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
PJ Gallagher. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

PJ GALLAGHER has pulled the plug on his new Channel 4 show because he gets homesick working in Britain.

The 40-year-old spent last year filming Trojan Donkey – a UK remake of his hit RTE comedy Naked Camera show around Liverpool and Glasgow. But after just one season he said he won't be going back over the water for more filming.

"I haven't told anybody but I definitely won't be filming any more episodes. I just never got settled over there. I didn't enjoy it," Gallagher told the Herald.

PJ, aka Jake Stevens, admits he was lost shooting in Britain.

"The biggest star of Naked Camera was Dublin City which I know like the back of my hand. So if we had a gag that didn't work, I'd said, 'Let's go down to Moore Street'. I found a scarf on the way down and that's where the Dirty Aul One character came from.

"We couldn't do that in Glasgow or Liverpool. I didn't know the place or the people," added Gallagher.

Although the majority of the UK show's victims took the wind-ups well, one disgruntled participant chased his co-star Jim-Jim Nugent of FM104's Strawberry Alarm Clock down a street with a knife when filming switched to Belfast.

Aired on Friday night on Channel 4, it was thought the high-profile show would turn PJ into a UK media star like Dara O Briain. However, he said he is content to be back home in Dublin.

"There'll be no Soho Groucho Club for me. I'll be as happy in the International Bar with a toasted sandwich," he joked.

The TV star will be reunited with many stars of the International Bar past and present next month when he celebrates 25 years of the Comedy Cellar by appearing at a fundraiser gig in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust in Vicar Street on Friday, September 13. Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, David O'Doherty, and Neil Delamere will share the bill with 30 or so comics.


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