In this series, Tony Robinson sheds light on how a previously unsung army of workers shaped the world as we know it.
First series are concentrated on a different historical period per programme: Roman and Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Tudor, Stuarts, Georgian and Victorian.
There was a one off special called The Worst Christmas Jobs in History.
Second series is concentrated on particular job settings, namely: Urban, Royal, Industrial, Maritime and Rural.
Some of the more repulsive or dangerous jobs included chimney sweep, executioner, leech collector, Plague burier, rat-catcher, leather tanner, gong farmer and sin-eater.