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5 yıl önce

Tony Robinson reveals the grim occupations in Victorian Britain and explains that the workhouse was possibly the most infamous place of employment in the 19th century, and a day of picking oakum reveals the full horror of this sinister location. He also tries his hand at digging railways and rat-catching, as well as perhaps the worst job of them all, the tanner - a vocation that brought with it an intolerable stench and guaranteed social rejection.
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Garble 5 yıl önce
I love the train conductor just constantly laughing at him as he suffers. The dude's an angel.
Megan Crager
Megan Crager 8 aylar önce
@いちご・くん could've used a handkerchief and it would've been authentic
joe strummer
joe strummer Yıl önce
@toastercatx look yes i realize that i do construction myself, but most people in western countries like the UK and US didnt wear masks until covid started thats just my point
toastercatx Yıl önce
@joe strummer ... You realise masks weren't invented specifically for COVID, right? You've honestly never seen masks for construction or painting?
gerry o sullivan
gerry o sullivan Yıl önce
He was really enjoying Tony’s pain!!🤪
dronespace Yıl önce
@Christian Geiselmann You clearly have failed to read the title of the programme....
Donald Derrick
Donald Derrick 3 yıl önce
Tony Robinson may be the best sport in human history. I have the highest admiration for him and all those involved in this show.
Nathan Schumacher
Nathan Schumacher 10 aylar önce
Mike Rowe too.
David Cheney
David Cheney 10 aylar önce
Love it when he’s blinding his staff and officials with the big light at 14:35
Ryan Yıl önce
just watched him eat some sort of worm soup in another video - have to agree with you.
Ab Ba
Ab Ba Yıl önce
I thought you said tommy Robinson for a second
The King
The King 4 yıl önce
Tony is a national treasure, don't even try to tell me he's not.
xue Tachibana
xue Tachibana 2 aylar önce
I am not English but I 100% agree
Cedrid Lefthand
Cedrid Lefthand 2 aylar önce
david attenborough is a national treasure so that's that
GigaLynx87 11 aylar önce
Nah, I agree with you
Aa Aa
Aa Aa Yıl önce
I'm from Borneo, he is a national hero here in Brunei, we have a national holiday for him on the 20th June. Every school child knows his name.
Daniel Bruun
Daniel Bruun Yıl önce
He's not, he's an international treasure
TheKnitch 2 yıl önce
I love how Tony is always enthusiastically happy after he's done whatever is being demonstrated.
Silimas 5 yıl önce
I'm so glad this is uploaded to youtube
Aussie Pom
Aussie Pom 3 yıl önce
Railway navvies were feared wherever they went. Heavy drinking often fighting. The work they did was punishing and deaths were caused from the work and outbreaks of disease and drunken violence. They took a lot of keeping in order. Some were skilled craftsman but the majority were unskilled agricultural labourers.
Steven Webb
Steven Webb 5 aylar önce
They were called navvies because they were navigators on the canals
North South
North South Yıl önce
Modern day ones are a breed of their own.
Cheepchipsable Yıl önce
Didn't their employers sell food and drink to them at extortionate prices, (since there were no shops around)?
Leslie Tarkin
Leslie Tarkin 5 aylar önce
Many men in my family worked on the railroads during this era up until WW1. I glad this shines a spotlight on some of the work they did. Same with the farmers. I also have farmers in my family.
Amanda Brooks
Amanda Brooks 2 yıl önce
As someone with pet rats when he pulled the rat out of the hay stack and the rat was just like •-• it made my day because they really are just squishy and confused lmao
Dragonfell 10 aylar önce
@THE CHANGELINGS You say that as you have your miniature tiger in your house and your domesticated wolf with sharp teeth Let's not forget the pet danger noodles, tiny dinosaurs and aquatic sea creatures people keep as pets A fluffy rat is no weirder than any of those
THE CHANGELINGS 10 aylar önce
Rats as pets?! Wtf is wrong with you.
Dragonfell 11 aylar önce
@Queen Cripple wdym just let them loose in your house they'll be fine
Livvy Yıl önce
My rat used to curl up on my neck under my hair and doze off. She lived to be nearly four!
Cheepchipsable Yıl önce
That rat was pretty passive. A feral one would have bitten him to the bone.
DreamBelief Yıl önce
Please expand this series to other time periods (ancient, bronze age etc) and cultures (jobs, technology and the way things were done differed a lot)
toastercatx Yıl önce
@DreamBelief the problem with going that far back in time is that we simply don't have enough information about everyday life to make programmes like this. Much as I would love to see it myself, they're would be too much guessing going on to make it particularly informative. P.s the reason they didn't cover other cultures was because this series is about British history. P.p.s these were filmed more than a decade ago, I don't think they're still taking requests.
DreamBelief Yıl önce
@WJ Cooke I've seen every episode they've made. I'm requesting they expand beyond that. There are still plenty of eras (my examples of bronze age and ancient haven't been done) and cultures (they haven't done any others at all) they could use.
WJ Cooke
WJ Cooke Yıl önce
They have
Emily Roberts
Emily Roberts 4 yıl önce
Geez, all that lethal, backbreaking work, I'd take being a herring caller any day!
Mollie Bell
Mollie Bell Yıl önce
amen sister
918Venice 2 yıl önce
Ah hah!
918Venice 2 yıl önce
Emily Roberts Is that an episode that I’ve missed??
lonewolf209 3 yıl önce
Seriously, sign me up.
TheDesertoftheReel. Yıl önce
This is simply amazing. Love it and Tony Robinson is a national treasure.
joemackey1950 5 yıl önce
Wonder what people 100 years from now will think the worst jobs of 2018 were?
youtube hates us
youtube hates us 5 aylar önce
if you ask the women they'll say housewife
Jim Cook
Jim Cook Yıl önce
Working for the BBC as a diversity higher.
Rob McKay
Rob McKay Yıl önce
Speaking the truth
Tmart64 Yıl önce
Working in a Amazon warehouse 😀
Andrew Lanford
Andrew Lanford 2 yıl önce
@MechaEmperor7000 Absolutely, positively, magnificently eloquent.
cBearTv 3 yıl önce
How can you not just love Tony Robinson, he's such a good sport.....I wouldn't want to try any of these old jobs.
realmsunreal 2 yıl önce
That little boy looked so uncomfortable but immediately he brightened up when Tony teased him, so cute, Tony's awesome
WillowTDog 2 yıl önce
"What are you doing up there?" "I'm cleanin'!"
Jons LG
Jons LG 3 yıl önce
She was right. You couldn't imagine what the explosion would be like. The "special effects" proved that statement out quite well.
Cheepchipsable Yıl önce
Not so much the explosion, but the concussion combined with the fear of being buried in pitch black. Doesn't take much, especially in a confined space. Even having a tyre burst at 30 PSI is quite shocking and disorienting.
Anna Floeter
Anna Floeter Yıl önce
As someone who makes their own rawhide, the last bit at the tannery is spot on 🤣
xblacklegx 3 yıl önce
I actually had to pick rocks as a kid for my grandparents' farm. It does suck, but I did find some cool quartz rocks doing it!
Kelton Keller
Kelton Keller 2 yıl önce
Honestly is my first show host or whatever he is, he is the best! I love how he actually try’s all these things, and he’s just got a great personality.
Daniel Ryan
Daniel Ryan Yıl önce
He is best known for playing Baldrick in the Blackadder miniseries. The character is a lot like what you see here; a downtrodden commoner forced to do the most demeaning tasks by his masters. Probably why he got chosen to host this show.
Robert Cronin
Robert Cronin Yıl önce
@Gabriela Pollard yep ..Mike Rowe is very charismatic and fun to watch...he can sing remarkably well, also.
Robert Cronin
Robert Cronin Yıl önce
Gabriela Pollard
Gabriela Pollard Yıl önce
You’d probably like the show “dirty jobs”. It was really cool to see the host trying all of these modern jobs that you still get your hands dirty in.
Matteo Caira
Matteo Caira Yıl önce
Well, I guess we now know why Victorians were big on flowers! The every day stench of the city must have been incredible!
Cheepchipsable Yıl önce
Perfumes in general were used to douse the stench, and lime. Wasn't till the houses of Parliament stunk so bad they decided to clean up the Thames.
K J 2 yıl önce
I think they should have included Tony Robinson in the "farm vids" team of Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn, Alex Langlands. Or borrowed him for the Railway series.
Josh Yıl önce
Lmao I love how the first guy just repeatedly laughs at Tony, non stop. "Oh you liked that did you".
Ranstone 5 yıl önce
I know that tannery smell. I lost my home after high school, and had to live near one for a couple weeks. X( It's the worst smell I've ever smelled, even above the Washington District of Columbia city morgue, and we had two corpses in the back seat of the hearse. Still, I'm seriously blessed compared to the peeps in the Victorian period. I at least finished high school, and was fed! :D
DreamBelief Yıl önce
We are definitely better off. I would've likely died in a workhouse. No youth refuges and disability pension back then. Even when I lived on the street for a bit I could still get food, water and other necessities without having to do such awful jobs
Mr. Meeseek
Mr. Meeseek 3 yıl önce
Suddenly, breaking down boxes in a supermarkets warehouse doesn't seem that bad... XD
Chuck Aule
Chuck Aule 4 yıl önce
i like how he shines the spot light like directly in that guys face lol 14:46
gmoo84 2 yıl önce
I just saw that and had to look for this comment😂 straight in their faces!!!
Pigman 4 yıl önce
Chuck Aule right?!
BOB Yıl önce
Tony Robinson and Mike Rowe need to team up and do a historical vs modern day worst jobs ever show. I saw Mike Rowe go down with some modern day sewer workers. They basically had to clean the machinery that keeps a city sewer system functioning. It was absolutely horrible work! Some things have not evolved much at all. That would be a great show with their two zany personalities.
Sal ty
Sal ty Yıl önce
Tony goes above and beyond to give us a real historical experience.
Burn Usurers
Burn Usurers 4 yıl önce
15:19 British people are hilarious without even trying
Peppermint_Mononoke 4 yıl önce
My grandfather worked as a tanner by the river. It's shutdown now, but you could smell it in parts of town depending on the wind
Army cadet 20
Army cadet 20 2 yıl önce
That train conducter is a savage 😂
Beardshire 5 yıl önce
I like Tony Robinson as the presenter.
dollhouses by Lawanda S.
dollhouses by Lawanda S. Yıl önce
SIR Tony. He got knighted . Well deserved. First intro to him was on first series Time Team. Funny. Got to watch him age.....gracefully
Barry Tooley
Barry Tooley Yıl önce
I’m getting claustrophobic just watching him getting into the engine . No amount of $ could make me do that
Stephanie Gerson
Stephanie Gerson Yıl önce
My thoughts too
Waitingforrealitytosetin Yıl önce
Watching this makes you realize some of the reasons why life spans were considerably shorter in the 19th century.
Patricia Long
Patricia Long 8 aylar önce
I never knew it took so much work to make a railroad run ! With so many terrifying dangers!
alnot01 Yıl önce
My oldest ancestor with a known profession other than yeoman farmer, was a... tanner in a small French town in 1784.
sturmer 4 aylar önce
Tony, if you get a chance to visit the U.S., try to see the huge reservoir in Newport News park, Newport News, Virginia that was the site of some key battles of the Peninsula Campaign during the American Civil War. This reservior was built with hand tools and animal power by the Confederate troops stationed there. They dug it so as to allow a portion of a river to flood this area and create a water barrier as an obstacle to protect their front lines. In addition to this monumental accomplishment, they erected miles of earthworks and trenches still visible all over the park. It's still an awe- inspiring site to see.
PavementPoet 3 yıl önce
that engineer laugh is so awsome and hearty .
Debra White
Debra White Yıl önce
Oh my lord this man is hilarious! So glad I stumbled on these documentaries!
Aimee Harrison
Aimee Harrison 4 yıl önce
I love Tony! What a trooper!
littleferrhis 2 yıl önce
The last time I heard from Tony, he had a brilliant plan.
GiGiGoesShopping 2 yıl önce
I think you mean cunning plan 🙃
Micchael Fearn
Micchael Fearn 2 yıl önce
Tony don't just talk about thease jobs he gets in and does them, well done Tony. 😉
An On
An On 2 yıl önce
I've never been happier that smellovision hasn't been invented yet.
Eliot Reader
Eliot Reader 4 yıl önce
i went to the bluebell railway with my dad and we enjoyed our visit when i watched the first part of this i can imagine tony robinson character baldwick from blackadder doing some of those jobs in this episode.
Cheepchipsable Yıl önce
Don't forget Mr Ploppy and his wife.
I have done mud larking at the Thames and it was quite fun, I was looking for fossils, jewellery, sailor clay pipes, etc. and found all sorts of things but I have to admit after a while doing it your skin feels dry and itchy because of all the chemicals going in the water, you can find tons of videos here in youtube of people doing it.
Alex Li
Alex Li Yıl önce
never knew i'd be so happy to hear Baldrick narrating and presenting a documentary.
Cheepchipsable Yıl önce
He's done millions of them. Hosted Time Team for over a decade.
Voice of REASON
Voice of REASON 2 yıl önce
As someone who did irrigation for a couple years I must agree, digging gets old pretty quick!! That train conductor!😂🤣
Cheepchipsable Yıl önce
Reminded me of Rory from Who Dares Wins.
The Eerie Faerie 🧚
The Eerie Faerie 🧚 4 yıl önce
Omg that train conductor, he's lovin' it 😹😹😹
Juan Yıl önce
I was pleasantly surprised to see tony Robinson, a true man of culture.
Hodl Vault
Hodl Vault Yıl önce
seeing tony in distress with some of these jobs is satisfying 😅 guy gets stuck in absolute legend
sh0e h0rn
sh0e h0rn 5 aylar önce
when the host talked about going and dying in a corner…I felt for him. 🤣
Cristia Olson
Cristia Olson 3 yıl önce
As they described the Thames in Victorian times, with sewage, trash and dead animals, I suddenly thought of the Mighty River Ankh from Discworld, and began to wonder if the water back then was polluted enough to be flammable...
thegreattortoiseOm 11 aylar önce
Ankh-Morpork is definitely heavily inspired by London (as well as a bit of New York hence the nickname the great Wahoonie, a play on the big apple and the great wen (London)), so I'm pretty sure that the Ankh is the Thames. I'm currently read Raising Steam again and this is such a fitting episode to watch.
Bri J
Bri J Yıl önce
Some definitely were flammable. The Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire at least a dozen times from the 1860s to the 1969.
Caiyde Yıl önce
I thought he was going to say "One for the rock, one for the crow, one to rot and one to grow" was an old saying Victorians had about their kids, not about their crops
SavageBuilder Yıl önce
Such a great series so sad it's the end :((((((
Amy Justice
Amy Justice 2 yıl önce
Boy am I glad we don’t have to smell the smells poor Tony did while filming this episode! Excellent show!
xDemon 5 aylar önce
3:24 - With the way the furnace is designed, it looks like it has two eyes, a nose and the opening makes the mouth. Not seeing Tony but hearing his voice come out of the furnace makes it look like the furnace is talking. I nearly choked on my food with laughter 😂😂😂
Marcello Bloch
Marcello Bloch Yıl önce
Tony: visibile suffering Train conductor: *happy laughter*
steve1978ger 3 yıl önce
I might have missed my calling as a herring caller
Adrienne Bolles
Adrienne Bolles 2 yıl önce
You get fresh air and Cannabis was widely avail medicinally since 1700, so write a couple Sea Shanties and float away.
Julie Sheard
Julie Sheard 2 yıl önce
Yeah, perfect for meditation!
꧁Mike Sully꧂
꧁Mike Sully꧂ 2 yıl önce
I work in IT in a school, any Herring Caller jobs going? I'd sign up
Beate Wasmuth
Beate Wasmuth Yıl önce
That herring call made my day XD Thanks for these incredibly interesting videos!
sean paula
sean paula 4 aylar önce
I worked at the Detroit sewage treatment plant when i was an apprentice. The plant employees could have been considered Toshers. They had a stick and chair, they would watch the conveyor belt go by and watch for "prizes" to go by. One guy collected rubber balls to take to his grandkids.
yabo jabo
yabo jabo 4 yıl önce
I've been enjoying your videos. They have a lot of great information on how things were done back in the day, some of the jobs actually look like fun. However, you need to boost the audio bigtime. It's really quite weak and a detriment to enjoying these otherwise fine videos.
DreamBelief Yıl önce
@Cheepchipsable everyone's different. What some find intolerable others can quite enjoy. Yes, things like bad shoes make it harder, but you can still legitimately find some fun even working every day for your entire life
Cheepchipsable Yıl önce
They are fun if you do them for 5 minutes, but not when you do them for 12 hours in a confined space, ill fitting shoes, (assuming you had them), and your hands would be red raw and end up like leather mittens with cracking skin etc. then add someone screaming at you to go faster...
Robert John Redrupp
Robert John Redrupp Yıl önce
What a Star Tony Robinson is! 👍👏👏👏
Joe Postove
Joe Postove Yıl önce
All of the Tony Robinson videos are among the best on the web. But the sound mixing is just inexcusable.
Billy Bardo
Billy Bardo Yıl önce
I layed asphalt for two seasons. They have all the big equipment for the people doing whole roads, but I was on a patch crew. A busy day for us was 24-32 tons shoveled and raked by hand.
Pete S.
Pete S. Yıl önce
The engine cleaner jobs makes me feel claustrophobic
Pete Walker
Pete Walker 2 yıl önce
got to admire tony, he aint scared an WILL have a go at ANYTHING !! great guy .. great series , they could NOT have used anyone else
DreamBelief Yıl önce
He does get scared at times, but pushes on. There's nothing wrong with being scared. It's how you deal with it and respond that matters
Riding Japan
Riding Japan 5 yıl önce
"they got stuck and couldn't get out, it was a tragic life" won't be very long tho if they can't get out
EN Soraya HMD
EN Soraya HMD Aylar önce
Respect and Tribute to all who built 🙏 and those who died building
Henry Mellard
Henry Mellard 3 yıl önce
"I don't think ... we can imagine it Tony " *mournful reflection * " "explosion time"
Linda Inglis
Linda Inglis 3 yıl önce
The poor workers. Shocking.
I am just a mom doing the best I can
I am just a mom doing the best I can 4 yıl önce
That why rock brakeing was given to prisoners to do. 🤔 it seems the more I watch of these the more I hear sayings and curses we use now. Like "I've got a bone to pick with you."
rexNO Yıl önce
Are you really doing your best?
Thomas Van de Velde
Thomas Van de Velde 3 yıl önce
Yes, obviously, popular culture goes a lot deeper than people think. There´s the history of the rich, but the language contains the real, deeper history of the people as a whole. As Napoleon said, ´history is just a set of lies agreed upon´ and he was pretty right... Nothing ever got written down about the commoners. In our language (Flemish, which is officially Dutch but it´s totally not because of it´s historical content being different) we got the same ´feudal´ background mixed. That´s why I try to keep a record of what is a slowly dying language: proletarian dialects, so to speak.
David Clarke
David Clarke 3 yıl önce
I am just a mom doing the best I can yeah that’s very true
bobmcsnark 4 yıl önce
Damn it I'm the kind of guy who'd actually like doing the workhouse jobs... xD
CraftQueenJr 3 yıl önce
bobmcsnark repetitive tiring stuff is fun. I have my daydreams to think about.
Kathryn Kay
Kathryn Kay 2 aylar önce
Fun fact: Jack Black the rat catcher gave the friendliest rats to the fancy folks of the day, hence where the term fancy rat came from. This is one of the origins of the domesticated rats of today.
inue windwalker
inue windwalker 3 yıl önce
My late grandmother was a railworker
P S Yıl önce
Mudlarks hours depended on the tides and slope of the river banks. They would start on the ebb as soon as the area they searched became uncovered, providing it was light enough to see. If in mud they risked broken glass and sharp objects by using bare feet to hunt with under the mud. They also had to protect their patch against others. Sometimes they could search twice a day. Flooding was the biggest risk as that meant the water would rise quickly, and if caught they could drown. Stone hammers are smaller than the sledgehammer Tony uses here. Oakum pickers would unwind the rope threads before picking apart. Sailors did it on long journeys, if ropes were no longer serviceable or poor quality, sometimes to make pillows, or to use as packing filler, old fashioned bubble wrap.
Little Loner
Little Loner 4 yıl önce
XD shines everyone directly in the face except for the park inspector
Scara Mouche
Scara Mouche 4 yıl önce
The woman watching him swing the sledge is more in danger of losing an eye then if she were the one swinging.
CraftQueenJr 3 yıl önce
Some of these jobs don’t seem so bad, particularly the one where you just watch, or any of the gathering stuff to move it ones.
Control 4 yıl önce
"A jolly good bang though you've got to admit" Saucy minx.
spencer bewley
spencer bewley Yıl önce
*OLD chap.get it right dear boy eh what?!@Frank Williams
Darius Stewart
Darius Stewart Yıl önce
Lol so british...
Alex High Love
Alex High Love Yıl önce
lmao i knew people noticed this
Frank Williams
Frank Williams Yıl önce
@Paul Steele Cheerio m8! Ave a jolly good day!
A witty username please laugh
A witty username please laugh 2 yıl önce
Herring caller doesn't seem to shabby. If I was one back then I'd just bring an easel and take up painting if I could. Or if I was literate write poetry or stories (maybe see if I couldn't get my hands on a typewriter or something) while looking out over the landscape. Would be pretty serene especially if I could put up some sort of shelter for bad weather.
Aldous Smith
Aldous Smith 2 yıl önce
Fun program. Pity some parts have been cut out.
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