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:
Edward Woodward ...  Nev 12 episodes, 1994-1997
Neil Dudgeon ...  Ken Andrews 12 episodes, 1994-1997
Stephen Lord ...  Jonno Fox 12 episodes, 1994-1997
Roy Hudd ...  John Parry 12 episodes, 1994-1997
Richard Ridings ...  Bernard Green 12 episodes, 1994-1997
Anthony Barclay ...  Sunil 12 episodes, 1994-1997
Michelle Holmes ...  Marie 12 episodes, 1994-1997
Paul Kember Paul Kember ...  George Ward 9 episodes, 1994-1997
Nimmy March ...  Denice Andrews 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Kathy Burke ...  Sharon 7 episodes, 1994-1997
Saeed Jaffrey ...  Nat / ... 7 episodes, 1994-1997
Freda Dowie ...  Dulcie Green 6 episodes, 1994-1997
Ian Mercer ...  Guy Simmons 6 episodes, 1994
Terence Rigby ...  Dougie Hodd 6 episodes, 1997
Paul Shane ...  Mike Roberts 6 episodes, 1997
Lesley Sharp ...  Christine Stranks 6 episodes, 1997
Tim Healy ...  Foxy 5 episodes, 1994
Shirley Stelfox ...  Jean 5 episodes, 1994-1997
Mike Kelly Mike Kelly ...  Ted 5 episodes, 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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Superb, gritty drama.
20 November 2003 | by ShanklySee 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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