The Naked Rambler

This film, about Stephen Gough, also known as The Naked Rambler was shown on BBC1 on 21st Jan 2014.


Stephen Gough has been held in Scottish prisons for nearly 7 years. Most of that time he has been in solitary confinement naked. Stephen is “The Naked Rambler”, well known for walking in public wearing only a pair of boots and a rucksack. Stephen’s incarceration has meant he has not seen his two teenage children grow up.

This film follows Stephen as he attempts to walk home to his family in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Walking over 400 miles naked is fraught with difficulties. It’s a 4-month quest beset by arrests, police cells, court appearances, releases, rearrests and prison.

Director Guy Gilbert attempts to understand how Stephen became the most notorious naked man in Britain and to examine his quest for “freedom”. Why does a man persist in public nakedness when, time and again, it has landed him in jail? How do people react to the sight of him? Are his actions “wrong”? Is his cause really worth more than his children? Stephen’s family, his supporters and some of his critics offer their perspectives.

Jonny Young of Oblong Films said; “Stephen Gough is a controversial figure who always draws strong reactions from the British public. He believes he has a right to be naked but the law is there to protect the rights of the public, many of whom do not want to see him naked. It’s a never-ending battle.”

At turns funny, frustrating and emotional, this film challenges notions of the law, freedom and morality.

Directed by Guy Gilbert, executive produced by Jonny Young (Oblong Films) and commissioned by Samantha Anstiss (BBC).

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Related Links

The Naked Rambler on the BBC iPlayer

BBC One: The Naked Rambler

Daily Echo: Naked Rambler Stephen Gough arrested again as he leaves prison in Winchester

The Guardian: What my night in a tent with the Naked Rambler taught me

Timeout: The Naked Rambler