Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Short-statured British comedian Charlie Drake starred in this weekly slapstick comedy series, uniquely tailored to his acrobatic talents. Drake was cast as Charlie, an accident-prone worker who paid weekly visits to the Labour Exchange in hopes of finding a lasting job. Unfortunately, Charlie's ineptitude resulted in his being sacked a few hours after being engaged, and before long he had toted up some 1,000 job failures. Still, the ever-optimistic Charlie returned again and again to the Exchange, much to the dismay of his contacts Mr. Whittaker (Percy Herbert) and Mr. Pugh (Henry McGee). The Worker was originally telecast in a half-hour format, from February 27, 1965 to September 17, 1970. When the property resurfaced from October 7 to November 25, 1978, it was as a 15-minute component of the British variety series Bruce Forsyth's Big Night.