Common As Muck (1994–1997)

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

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 Sunil (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Ken Andrews (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Roy Hudd ...
 John Parry (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Jonno Fox (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Richard Ridings ...
 Bernard Green (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Nev (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Michelle Holmes ...
 Marie (11 episodes, 1994-1997)
Paul Kember ...
 George Ward (9 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nimmy March ...
 Denice Andrews (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Sharon (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Nat / ... (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Freda Dowie ...
 Dulcie Green (6 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Guy Simmons (6 episodes, 1994)
Terence Rigby ...
 Dougie Hodd (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Mike Roberts (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Christine Stranks (6 episodes, 1997)
Mike Kelly ...
 Ted (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Shirley Stelfox ...
 Jean (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Tim Healy ...
 Foxy (5 episodes, 1994)
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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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