The Worst Jobs in History

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In this five-part series, Tony Robinson sheds light on how a previously unsung army of workers shaped the world as we know it

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In this five-part series, Tony Robinson sheds light on how a previously unsung army of workers shaped the world as we know it

  • Tony Robinson

    Industrial jobs

    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.

  • Tony Robinson

    Royal jobs

    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.

  • Tony Robinson

    Urban jobs

    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.

  • Tony Robinson

    Worst Christmas Jobs in History

    ...History: Tony Robinson takes a slide down the festive career ladder to investigate The Worst Christmas Jobs in History, from the weird and wonderful to the dangerous and disgusting.

  • Tony Robinson as a lifeboatman

    Maritime jobs

    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 carrying hay

    Rural jobs

    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.

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In this five-part series, Tony Robinson sheds light on how a previously unsung army of workers shaped the world as we know it

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