I only vaguely remembered this show from the last 60's early 70's. Indeed it wasn't until i bought it that i realized how much i had forgotten. In fact it took a short period of disappointment, before I gave it a second viewing, and was glad i did. As i would have missed 4 discs of fun from 3 great series, and a feature length pilot show.
If you lived through those times of union power in Britain, you heard words and phrases such as "work to rule" and "demarcation" I'd actually forgotten those two, but they came up pretty quickly from "Cheese & Egg" the works shop steward and boss of number 3 crew. The characters are stereotypes from the 60's and 70's yes, but I was there and i assure you those stereotypes and their like emptied our bins week in week out. My girlfriends dad working "on the bins" only reinforced the link.
We see them skiving, dropping rubbish on the paths of "non Christmas tippers", working fast all morning and going home early, and even committing the Bin mans gravest offense of "totting" ie: selling items of value found in the rubbish. Jack Rosenthal who wrote the scripts, got all those ideas from real bin men he watched. He was an inveterate 'watcher' of people, and got all his best ideas from snooping at the bus queue or listening to others conversations, and readily admitted it.
A great dvd of three series, consisting of 20 episodes, one xmas special short, and one feature length pilot show. One surprise for me was the inclusion of Trevor Bannister, of 'Are you being served 'fame. He portrays the character 'Heavy breathing' the one all the ladies love. I had totally forgotten he was in it, and for some bizarre reason he seems taller and broader in this role ? Make of that what you will!