The trials and tribulations of a group of binmen brought together by their common love of their job.




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Series cast summary:
 Nev (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Ken Andrews (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Jonno Fox (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
 John Parry (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Bernard Green (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Sunil (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Marie (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Paul Kember ...
 George Ward (9 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nimmy March ...
 Denice Andrews (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Sharon (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Nat / ... (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Freda Dowie ...
 Dulcie Green (6 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Guy Simmons (6 episodes, 1994)
 Dougie Hodd (6 episodes, 1997)
 Mike Roberts (6 episodes, 1997)
 Christine Stranks (6 episodes, 1997)
Tim Healy ...
 Foxy (5 episodes, 1994)
Shirley Stelfox ...
 Jean (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Mike Kelly ...
 Ted (5 episodes, 1994-1997)


The trials and tribulations of a group of binmen brought together by their common love of their job.

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

7 September 1994 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Superb, gritty drama.
20 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was a truly excellent series. It followed the lives of a group of binmen and their adventures in trying to carry on whilst their jobs are privatised and they are being hounded by their boss who wants them out. I got into this show as I had myself worked for the local council and this showed it in a quite realistic light. Being a binman is a dirty, tiring job, but the bond between workers was strong, (at least as I experienced it), and Common As Muck reflected this.

Best described as a Comedy-Drama, this show has some very unsettling moments of violence (see when Ken attacks Sunil when he thinks Sunil and his wife are having an affair), coupled with genuinely funny scenes. I defy anyone to not feel for all of the guys after a few shows, even Ken - superbly played by Neil Dudgeon.

The second series sees the lads moving on and is not quite as good, but still better than much on TV before or since. I strongly recommend viewing this show. I would dearly like to see it released on DVD.

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