Undercover Boss Australia

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Undercover Boss Australia
Undercover Boss Australia logo
GenreReality television
Created byStephen Lambert
Directed byGrant Hoy[1]
Narrated byAndrew Carlton[1]
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Dafydd Williams[1]
Nick Colquhoun[1]
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Studio Lambert
Southern Star Group
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release18 October 2010 (2010-10-18) –
31 October 2011 (2011-10-31)
Related showsUndercover Boss (franchise)
External links

Undercover Boss Australia is a localised version and third incarnation of the Undercover Boss franchise, the first series premiered on Network Ten on 18 October 2010[2] with the CEO of Domino's Pizza Australia, Don Meij.[3][4] Each episode depicts a high-ranking executive or business owner acting as an entry-level employee to discover the problems in their company.[5]

On 15 November 2010, Network Ten renewed the show for a second series.[6] The second series began airing on 12 September 2011.[7]


Each episode features a high-positioned executive or the owner of a corporation going undercover as an entry-level employee in their own company. The executive changes their appearance and assumes an alias and fictional back-story. The fictitious explanation for the accompanying camera crew is that the executive is being filmed as part of a documentary about entry-level workers in a particular industry. They spend approximately one week undercover, working in various areas of the company's operations, with a different job and in most cases a different location each day. The boss is exposed to a series of predicaments with amusing results. They invariably spend time getting to know the people who work in the company, learning about their professional and personal challenges.

At the end of their week undercover, the boss returns to their true identity and requests the employees they worked with individually to corporate headquarters. The boss reveals their identity and rewards hard-working employees through campaign, promotion or financial rewards. Other employees are given training or better working conditions.


The first series premiered on Network Ten on 18 October 2010 with the CEO of Domino's Pizza Australia, Don Meij. The episodes that followed included the CEO of Boost Juice, Janine Allis, and Peter Murray, National Director of Operations of Veolia Environmental Services,[4] and CEO of BIG4 Holiday Parks of Australia, Ray Schleibs[8] A second series was broadcast from 12 September 2011.[7]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 6 18 October 2010 22 November 2010
2 8[9] 12 September 2011[10] 31 October 2011


Network Ten planned an Australian version for airing in 2009, however the production never took off and instead, was delayed one year.[11] Ten's Chief Programming Officer, David Mott stated "We’ve defined a few iconic Australian companies. It's a great series. It's a real eye opener. It's a little ripper.", hoping the series will become a ratings success to similar to that of Masterchef Australia. He also explained the Australian version will be based on the American version, not the British version "We saw the UK version, but thought it needed to be upscaled a little bit,"....."That's what the American version was."[12]

International broadcasts[edit]

Selected episodes of Undercover Boss Australia air in the United States on TLC and OWN, as part of Undercover Boss: Abroad.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c d "Credits - Undercover Boss Australia". Network Ten. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  2. ^ Knox, David (2 October 2010). "Airdate: Undercover Boss Australia. Returning: Modern Family, NCIS, Good Wife". TV-Tonight.com.au. TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  3. ^ Knox, David (4 October 2010). "Aussie CEOs go Undercover". TV-Tonight.com.au. TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b Clune, Richard (3 October 2010). "Chewing gum for the eyes". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  5. ^ Draper, Danny (10 February 2010). "Undercover Boss coming to Ten". The Tube. The Tube. Archived from the original on 20 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  6. ^ Knox, David (15 November 2010). "Renewed: Junior Masterchef, Undercover Boss Australia". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  7. ^ a b Knox, David (4 September 2011). "Returning: Undercover Boss Australia". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  8. ^ "New BIG4 Holiday Parks CEO goes undercover". Franchise Business. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  9. ^ "The CEOs and Staff". Channel Ten. 2011. Archived from the original on 13 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  10. ^ Knox, David (4 September 2011). "Returning: Undercover Boss Australia". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  11. ^ Team, eBroadcast (11 February 2010). "Hit reality format Undercover Boss comes to Australia". ebroadcast Australia. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  12. ^ Carter, Cameron (4 May 2010). "'Undercover Boss' will be Ten's next big thing". TV Central. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  13. ^ The Daily OWN: "“Undercover Boss: Abroad” Coming to OWN in March", 6 February 2012.
  14. ^ Discovery Communications press release: "OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK GO UNDERCOVER AND OVERSEAS", 6 February 2012.