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Undercover Boss Australia – The Southern Railway Corp

Well tonight’s Undercover Boss Australia will be the first and last episode of the series I will watch.

Why? Well it was just too formulaic, and it was great that the employees were all fabulous on the railway however that does not make great entertainment. It would have been good if one of them at the end had asked him for a payrise on national TV. Or if the cleaner had wiped out the toilet then wiped down the handbasin.

Obviously the deal in the advertorial for The Ghan and the Indian Pacific is not to show anything negative. OK there was a blocked toilet but that appeared to be easily rectified.

I am not sure it was a great advertisment for the two iconic railways. They kept on saying how expensive it was but their house sparkling was Seaview, and the beer was VB. Nothing about the episode made me want to go and buy a ticket.

The show followed the the CEO Tony doing all sorts of different menial jobs throughout the company. The reason they give for the cameras is that he is re-entering the workforce. Then at the end of the episode he see each of the employees and reveals who he is and then gives them a nice present, usually a trip.

The show is a good premise however it is just all a tad predictable after you have watched a few episodes.


1 Wurstsemmel { 09.13.11 at 11:58 am }

It was a yawn from me.

2 Petra { 09.13.11 at 2:41 pm }

It would have been better if they had shown someone who wasn’t happy working there – you know the type – there is usually one person in a larger workplace who bags out the company and gives the impression they would rather be somewhere else. That would have been great to see!

3 wallah { 09.13.11 at 2:58 pm }

I really want to see the CEO work with someone that’s robbing the place blind, that would be comedy gold. I’m pretty sure that supermarket one last season had store managers that were ordering way over normal levels, just for a taste of the “incentives” that suppliers like to dangle in front of people.

4 seepi { 09.13.11 at 9:11 pm }

I wondered if all the staff pretty much knew he was the CEO? When the chef made that crack about ‘one day you could be the CEO’ there seemed to be a dead silence, as if he had given the game away, then back tracking from him.

Maybe I’m over thinking it, but if I were given a trainee who came equipped with a film crew, I’d be nice to them too and enthuse about my job.