Dom Joly had to be smuggled off filming his prank hidden camera show Fool Britannia after being threatened by the Italian Mafia.
Joly told RadioTimes.com that he was filming in Benidorm for the latest series when he approached an “innocuous-looking guy” in a bar dressed as a flamboyant Spanish lothario. The victim was not amused.
“He then started screaming his head off and left and threatening me,” added Joly. “The barman told me to be careful and that he was Italian Mafia. In fact there are quite a few in Benidorm. I was smuggled out of the hotel and spent the day holed up in my hotel.”
Joly said he found the experience frightening but added that he usually welcomes it when some of his victims “kick back”.
In his interview Joly also revealed that he is hoping to make a documentary about the mobile phone as well as a series in which he confronts internet trolls.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.