The end is in the post for CH4’S ‘secret’ show
returned for a new series with the chief executive of courier firm DHL posing as a worker bee.
It was due to be broadcast at 9pm on Channel 4 but, with a courier firm involved, I’m surprised it wasn’t left on BBC3’s rain-soaked doorstep 15 hours later, with an illegible note.
The boss was an Australian guy called Phil Couchman, whose missus reckoned he was too recognisable to go undercover.
What, THE Phil Couchman? Oh yeah, he’s a household name, luv. As it happens, she was half right. At least one DHL worker smelled a rat – not because he recognised THE Phil Couchman but because 60-year-old fellas with baby soft hands do not usually turn up at freight hubs asking to start a new career in hauling boxes for 12 hours at a time. With a camera crew in tow.
One suspicious worker fronted Phil up.
I reckon some others also twigged but played along with it in order to wangle a pay rise or promotion. And it worked. That is the danger of a “secret” format like which is now in its fifth series.
Even courier drivers have got wise to it now.
And when men who cannot always read an address from a printed label cotton on to something, you know that the game is up.