The Worker (1965–1970)
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A Punting We Will Go 

Charlie causes chaos working as a cleaner in a betting shop. He then tries to use his losing streak to good use.

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Fred Higgs
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Pools Man
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Charlie causes chaos working as a cleaner in a betting shop. He then tries to use his losing streak to good use.

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It Could Be You!
4 April 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

An episode of the second series of 'The Worker'.

Charlie reports to the Employment Exchange. As Mr.Pugh rants and raves about how he has devoted twenty years of his life trying to find him steady work, Charlie is secretly listening to a horse race on the radio. He has a gambling problem - namely, he is no good at it. Instead of giving up as any sensible person would do, he goes on betting in the hope that his bad luck will somehow change.

Mr.Pugh gets Charlie a cleaning job in a betting shop. But the lure of 'having a flutter' proves too much for him, and soon he is blowing one week's wages after another on the nags.

In desperation, he goes to work for 'Gamblers Anonymous', an charitable organisation dedicated to helping poor unfortunates such as himself. His first client is Mr.Niggs, a compulsive winner. Niggs' house is full of colour T.V. sets, uncashed cheques, motor cars, and other valuables he has won as prizes. Charlie suggests that he play on his behalf in an effort to lose the money...

Poor Charlie. Some people just never know when to quit. This fun episode actually has quite a serious underlying theme, namely that gambling can be as addictive in its own way as alcohol or drugs. Charlie was said to have suffered from such a problem in real life. Glyn Houston, brother of Donald, guest stars as 'Mr.Niggs'.

Funniest moment - Charlie's attempts at placing bets are constantly frustrated by shabbily-dressed ( and taller ) punters. Each time he loses, he takes out his anger by repeatedly pushing the same man over.


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