Dublin publicans are extremely unhappy at the prospect of an enforced happy hour in their pubs.

A disguised Mike Murphy and Fran Dempsey play a hidden camera prank on three publicans in Dublin. Foreman Mike Murphy instructs carpenter Fran Dempsey to fix a happy hour sign to the exterior wall of each pub.

While Fran Dempsey is measuring up, Mike Murphy lets the pub owners know they are one of five lucky publicans in the area chosen to hold a happy hour between 5-7 pm. 

He receives a volatile reaction to the enforced happy hour. Every publican refuses to have the happy hour sign on their building.

Excuse me, put no sign there.

Mike Murphy will not take no for an answer.

We'll work away, you carry on inside.

The publicans have their patience tested further when ignoring requests to leave, Mike Murphy runs through the text of the sign to clarify they are happy with the fixed price of 40 pence per drink. The owner of The Tuning Fork pub in Rathfarnham remains unconvinced,

I've heard nothing about this, I don’t know anything, you better not start anything here.

Just as the situation begins to get agitated, Mike Murphy reveals his true identity. Fortunately for him, the publicans see the funny side of the situation.

'The Live Mike’ ran on RTÉ between 1979 and 1983 and combined music, comedy sketches and studio guests.

This episode of ‘The Live Mike’ was broadcast on 16 January 1981.