Dirty Britain

Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Quivering globs of fat putrefying in the sewers; bed bugs scuttling over a mattress; and a hoarder’s fetid house where even the rats have died in the squalor: the disgust factor in this new series about our filthy habits is pretty high. However, as well as watching pest controllers, race-ground cleaners and landfill operatives as they go about their revolting but vital work, we join two young guys who clean the windows of the Gherkin in London - from the outside.

About this programme

1/2. Part one of two. Men and women who clean up after the nation reveal the unpleasant aspects of their work, providing a unique perspective on modern British life. The programme meets Manchester sewer workers Mick and Shaun, who have first-hand knowledge of the public's poor diet, event cleaner Marcia, who gives an insight into how Brits behave in a crowd, and window cleaner Ross, whose job involves keeping a huge national icon absolutely spotless. Plus, pest controller Jim battles an infestation of bedbugs. Narrated by Zoe Wanamaker.

Cast and crew


Zoe Wanamaker


Deborah Lovett
Executive Producer
Paul Hamann
Deborah Lovett
Series Producer
Barnaby Peel