The Worst Jobs in History

The Worst Jobs in History

2004 - 2006, History, Other
A look at the jobs of those who cleaned up after historical greats.
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Episode Guide

  • The Worst Jobs in History - Rural Jobs (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Rural Jobs

    Shepherd boy; nettle harvester; reddleman; thresher; sedge cutter; sin eater; pole man.

  • The Worst Jobs in History - Maritime Jobs (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Maritime Jobs

    Liar; underdog; midshipman; flying man; lighthouse builder and keeper; stoker and trimmer.

  • The Worst Jobs in History - Industrial Jobs (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Industrial Jobs

    Bridge builder; legger; soap boiler; glass blower; bone cleaner; child hurrier.

  • The Worst Jobs in History - Royal Jobs (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Royal Jobs

    Lance maker; armourer, falconer; fireworker; food taster; whipping boy; laundry woman; royal messenger.

  • The Worst Jobs in History - Urban Jobs (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Urban Jobs

    Water caddy; fireman; deal porter; pure collector; pugger; fighting woman; link boy; fur sweater; asphalt paviour.

  • The Worst Jobs in History - The Victorians (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Victorians

    Railroad engine and ash-pan cleaner; navvy; dibbler; herring caller; stone collector; chimney sweep; rat catcher; label sticker; cigar collector; bone grabber; dustman; tosher; mud lark; stone breaker; oakum picker; tanner.

  • The Worst Jobs in History - The Georgians (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Georgians

    Tony takes on the role of Mule Scavenger, Castrato, the Navy and Resurrection Man.

  • The Worst Jobs in History - The Stuarts (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Stuarts

    The plague supplied horrible employment opportunities such as "seeker of the dead," and "cat and dog killers."

  • The Worst Jobs in History - The Tudors (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Tudors

    Tony exposes the nastier side of Merrie England as a groom of the stool, woad dryer, spit boys, gong sources and pinners.

  • The Worst Jobs in History - Middle Ages (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Middle Ages

    Tony tries to find some rubbish careers that propped up the Age of Chivalry.

  • The Worst Jobs in History - Dark Ages (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Dark Ages

    Tony tries his hand as a Guillemot egg hunter, a bog iron hunter and a viking warrior.

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