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August 2015

S4 Ep3 - Taxi Driver

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Taxi Driver - London cabbie Mason McQueen is heading for Mumbai to test his skills on some of the most chaotic streets in the world. He's swapping his high-tech, air-conditioned black cab for the boiling heat of a Mumbai taxi. His host is Pradeep Sharma, who lives with his extended family in a tiny two bedroom house and earns less than ten pounds a day. As Mason takes his life in his hands to learn the Knowledge Mumbai-style, he also begins to understand the plight of millions of Indian migrant...

S4 Ep2 - Farmer

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Farmer - Dairy farmer Richard Gibson is swapping the damp surroundings of Devon to live and work with Samburu tribesmen, who herd their cattle in the parched and desolate mountains of northern Kenya. British farmers have suffered from low milk prices and squeezed margins but it is nothing compared to the struggles of Richard's host, village elder Lemerigichen. In recent years drought has decimated the herds in this region, forcing many Samburu off their land and into the poverty of local towns....

S4 Ep1 - Firefighter

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Firefighter - The award-winning series returns, as firefighter Neil Fairhall leaves his fire station in Hayward's Heath and heads to the Amazon to fight some of the biggest forest fires in the world. While a lot of a British firefighters' time is spent attending small fires and false alarms, during the dry season in Mato Grosso state, the Jatoba Fire Brigade can work for four days at a time trying to save the forest from fire. Neil also heads into the jungle to help train local warriors in fire...
April 2015

S3 Ep3 - Toughest Place To Be A...Nurse

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Nurse - Maria Connolly, an emergency nurse from Preston, spends two weeks working at a hospital in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Located on the American border, the city is at the centre of a drug war that has claimed more than 50,000 lives, and has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Working alongside local nurse Pablo Vasquez, Maria relies on basic equipment to treat a staggering number of patients suffering from gunshot injuries and stab wounds - and is shocked to discover the hospital ha...

S3 Ep2 - Toughest Place To Be A...Ferryman

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Ferryman - 57-year-old Colin Window, the bridge officer of the Woolwich Ferry, travels to Dhaka, Bangladesh to train and work as a ferryman on the Buriganga River. Hosted by 70-year-old Muhammed Loteef in one of the city's slums, Colin is introduced to his new vessel, a small wooden rowboat known as a Sampan. In temperatures of up to 40 degrees, Sampan operators row passengers and goods across the quarter mile stretch of river every days, dodging the huge barges and passenger ships that dominat...
March 2015

S3 Ep1 - Toughest Place To Be A...Miner

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Miner - Three more ordinary people with ordinary jobs take on an extraordinary challenge: clocking on with their local counterparts in some of the toughest destinations on the planet. In the first episode, Staffordshire mine worker Craig Notman travels to Mongolia to dig for gold in some of the most demanding conditions on Earth. Mongolia is a country enjoying the world's biggest economic boom, entirely supported by mining. But while some people are getting rich, more than 40 per cent of the po...
February 2015

S2 Ep3 - Toughest Place To Be A Train Driver (Peru)

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Train Driver - Simon Davies usually drives a high speed train between London and Manchester, but now he faces a very different challenge as he travels to Peru and one of the highest and steepest railway lines on the earth. Mining is the life blood of Peru and every day trains carry thousands of tons of metal ores down from huge mines in the high Andes. Simon has just days to learn how to handle a massive train down the spectacular and terrifying slopes. (From the UK, in English and Spanish) (Do...

S2 Ep2 - Toughest Place To Be A Fisherman (Sierra Leone)

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Fisherman - Cornish fisherman Andy Giles gives up his state-of-the-art trawler to travel to the coast of Sierra Leone, where the fishing is done from a dugout canoe. Living in a small community of mud huts, Andy discovers a very different way of life where a bad day's fishing means a hungry family. Even this precarious lifestyle is now under threat from foreign trawlers that fish illegally in the villagers' waters, taking their fish, destroying their nets and sometimes even sinking their canoes...

S2 Ep1 - Toughest Place To Be A Binman (Indonesia)

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Binman - Three ordinary people with ordinary jobs take on an extraordinary challenge: clocking on with their local counterparts in some of the toughest destinations on the planet. Tonight, London binman Wilbur Ramirez heads to Jakarta, the vast mega-city that is the capital of Indonesia. For ten days Wilbur works with Imam, one of the army of semi-destitute binmen who collect rubbish in one of the biggest and fastest growing cities in the world. (From the UK, in English and Indonesian) (Documen...
September 2014

Ep3 - Midwife

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Midwife - Midwife Suzanne Saunders-Blundell abandons the high tech maternity unit at Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham to work in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia in Africa. This is the third poorest country on earth, where one in twelve women dies in childbirth. Suzanne, a fan of natural childbirth back in Britain, soon learns that there is little time for such luxuries at the Redemption Hospital. Although her first day is very traumatic, by the end of her stay Suzanne is amazed and inspired by...