A Life of Grime
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|A Life of Grime|
|Narrated by||John Peel
|Opening theme||"What a Wonderful World"|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||1999 – 2004|
A Life of Grime (a play on the expression A Life of Crime) is a BBC reality series following the work of environmental health inspectors. Launched during an explosion of reality television, the idea found something of a cult following.
With Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" as the title music, the episodes were narrated by John Peel and later by Arthur Smith in sardonic tones. Its appeal was due to a disgust factor and the eccentric but often lucid characters, most famously Edmund Trebus, encountered either hoarding rubbish or keeping huge numbers of animals. The original series was set in Haringey; subsequent series have been set in Bristol, Salford, Sheffield, Tower Hamlets, New York and Edinburgh.
An American version of the series titled A Life Of Grime New York, aired on the Discovery Times Channel that takes place in New York.
Both A Life of Grime and A Life Of Grime New York have been aired on UKTV People.
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