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Heroes
We follow Ukrainian miners as they go underground to dig the last pieces of coal from exhausted mine shafts.
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2012 09:21 GMT
In east Java, men climb steep paths carrying heavy loads of sulphur rock from the mouth of a volcano.
Using little more than their bare hands, gangs of Pakistani workers pull ships apart to sell the scrap metal.
In a crowded Nigerian slaughterhouse blood, fire and smoke are normal working conditions.

About the series

In today's technological age, is heavy manual labour disappearing or is it just becoming invisible? From the exhausted mine shafts of Ukraine to the bloody slaughterhouses of Nigeria, this series offers an unflinching portrait of physical labour in the 21st century, talking to the people engaged in this dreary, demanding and, often, dangerous work.