Last Night’s TV – Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience

This was the first time I’ve ever encountered Rhod Gilbert, and I’ll certainly be watching out for him in future; he’s very funny and that’s kind of a plus in a comedian.

For this series, Rhod will be trying out various jobs – his next outing is as a babysitter – but last night, he joined refuse collectors in Wales, and I have to say, it gave me a new respect for bin men.

I don’t know if calling them ‘bin men’ is PC or not, but it’s too much faff to type refuse collection operatives every two minutes…

Anyway, Rhod was thrown in the deep end when his first task of the day was picking up doggy do on a beach. It takes a strong stomach to do that at 7am but this mostly cheery band of brothers-in-bins do it with little complaint and a glad heart.

But you wouldn’t want to mess with them by letting your dog mess go unscooped…

Next it was onto household rubbish collecting and Rhod immediately contravened about six hundred health and safety rules, especially those regarding lifting and twisting. I suspect if he did the job full-time forever, he’d end up in a wheelchair.

However, it was with gay abandon that he launched leaky and apparently stinky bags into the back of Ethel – the bin truck – along with his new bin buddies. These fearless chaps can and do handle up to 20 tonnes of our rubbish in a single day, and as I said, I rapidly developed a new respect for bin men as they walked about 9 miles in their daily routine.

And all the way through, Rhod kept up an effortless and laugh out loud commentary. He’s obviously one of those people to whom humour is second nature; I didn’t get the feeling he’d scripted any of his narration and wit.

Rhod’s final opinion of the job he’d taken on temporarily was that it is “A poorly paid, filthy, unappreciated job…

“It’s like doing a 10k run, only every ten yards, somebody throws a bucket of vomit in your face.”

Eloquently put and succinctly to the point…

I can’t wait to see him tackling babysitting!

If you missed this show, you can catch it again in iPlayer here.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.