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Labor Day weekend is upon us in the States so this week’s Five for Friday list honors hard working British people on the telly. Makes perfect sense to me. I have opted to omit the expected establishments such as The Office’s Werham Hogg Paper Merchants and The IT Crowd’s Reynholm Industries in favor of some possibly lesser known workplaces.

HWD Components employees’ canteen is staffed by a small group of dedicated food service workers (aka dinnerladies). Well, Bren (Victoria Wood) is competent at least. As in any work environment,  there’s a fair amount of gossip and inattention to customers. And yes, that is Last Tango in Halifax‘s Anne Reid struggling with a tricky body shaper.


The trained professionals of The Job Lot‘s Brownall Job Centre are committed to finding their clients meaningful employment – in theory anyhow. The centre’s manager Trish (Sarah Hadland) tries to inspire her staff to greatness or at least more respectable performance numbers. However, with a few unenthusiastic workers in the group and a zealous fraud manager in the field, she certainly has her hands full.


The NHS hospital wards of King Edwards (and subsequently St. Judes) are the settings for the stressed medical personnel of Getting On. While curing and comforting the sick should obviously be everyone’s goal, the staff sometimes find themselves at cross purposes. Doctors teaching and conducting research and efficiency consultants looking for waste can often be at odds with nurses like Sister Den Flixter (Joanna Scanlan) who’s just trying to care for her patients.


Trollied’s Valco Supermarket is a microcosm of personalities and ambitions. Manager Gavin (Jason Watkins) does his best to keep his troops happy and his store running smoothly. From the butchers and naughty bakers to the bored cashiers and thieving stock boy (who happens to be a grown man), Gavin’s biggest challenge is his interim deputy manager Julie (Jane Horrocks) who is simultaneously rude and insecure.


Grace Brothers Department Store is the setting of the classic sitcom Are You Being Served?  It takes us back to a more civilized time when co-workers called each other by their surnames, supervisors kept a tight ship and lewd talk was cloaked in innuendo…


No matter which side of the pond you’re on, I hope your weekend is work-free and full of laughter.


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