Posted by sean on August 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm in Television with No Comments


Has anyone ever watched the Channel 4 TV series ‘Undercover Boss’? If you haven’t, the general gist of the programme involves following the owner of a failing company, who dresses up, gets down from their ivory tower and works alongside those who are made out to be the ‘worker ants’ – the everyday employees. This is all done in secret, of course. A TV camera films the manager, who poses as a trainee or somebody looking for work.

Channel 4 have been running the show for a while now, and every time the worker ants are told at the end of the series that it was all a setup. They seem overwhelmed with surprise. They’re a bit thick, aren’t they? How may TV series have you watched, involving a trainee starting a new job? From memory, none. How many follow the ‘big boss man’ pretending to be a trainee? Errr… one – Undercover Boss! Therefore, if you are ever asked to take part in a television documentary, helping a new starter at your work, just cut to the chase – pull their wig and fake mustache off, shout at them for being forced to work in a shithole and not getting a pay rise for five years, before asking for a free family holiday to Bognor Regis. Of course, there’s a first time for everything, and by following my advice, you could end up assaulting a trainee in front of Channel 4’s TV cameras.

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