The Worst Jobs in History

Hosted by Tony Robinson, the series examines the absolute worst jobs throughout history. Robinson tries his hand at the jobs and then decided which one he feels is the worst. One of the jobs he covers is Gong farmer, also referred to as nightmen as they were only allowed to perform the task after dark. Gong farmers dug out human excrement from cesspits and privies and disposed of it outside of town, where it could be used as fertilizer. Other vocations include: executioner, chimney sweep, leech collector, sin eater, leather tanner and plague burier. Graphic imagery. Viewer discretion is advised.

Channel 4
1 Season, 6 Episodes
Cast: Tony Robinson
The Worst Jobs in History

The Worst Jobs in History Full Episode Guide

  • Tony experiences the jobs that made Watt, Stephenson and Brunel what they are today.

  • Tony Robinson takes a slide down the festive career ladder to investigate The Worst Christmas Jobs in History.

  • Tony's all at sea as liar, underdog, midshipman, fusée-chain maker, flying man, lighthouse builder and keeper, gut-girl, stoker and trimmer.

  • Life at court wasn't much fun for the lance maker, armourer, falconer, fireworker, food taster, whipping boy, laundry woman, groom of the chamber, hall boy or the royal messenger.

  • This green and pleasant land was forged by people willing to do some terrible jobs.

  • Tony does the back-breaking job of water caddy, confronts his fear of heights as a fireman, suffers the ignominy of clearing up dog excrement as a pure collector and even risks a bloody nose earning a living as a fighting woman.

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