The Worst Jobs in History
About the Show
In this five-part series, Tony Robinson sheds light on how a previously unsung army of workers shaped the world as we know it
The Worst Rural Jobs in History: Tony samples life as a shepherd boy, nettle harvester, reddleman, thresher, chaff-box boy, sedge cutter, sin eater, pole man and lead-white maker.
The Worst Maritime Jobs in History: Tony Robinson is all at sea as liar, underdog, midshipman, fusée-chain maker, flying man, lighthouse builder and Victorian lifeboat man.
Tony Robinson experiences the worst jobs from the Industrial Revolution, including those of the bridge-builder, soap-boiler, glass-blower, knocker-upper and saggar-maker's bottom knocker.
The Worst Royal Jobs in History: Tony Robinson explores a variety of horrid regal tasks from the past, including the purple dyer, who extracted the colour by rotting shellfish in urine.
The Worst Urban Jobs in History: Tony Robinson explores life in the underbelly of our past times, including the back-breaking job of the water caddy and the vile role of the pure collector.
Worst Christmas Jobs in History
Tony Robinson slides down the festive career ladder to investigate the worst Christmas jobs in history, from the weird and wonderful to the dangerous and disgusting