The Cleaner (British TV series)

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The Cleaner is a British television sitcom that premiered on BBC One on 10 September 2021.[2] The series is based on the German comedy Der Tatortreiniger.[1] The show was renewed for a second season and a Christmas special, which aired on 23 December 2022.[3]

The Cleaner
Created byGreg Davies[1]
Written byGreg Davies
Directed byTom Marshall
Dominic Brigstocke
Alex Winckler
StarringGreg Davies
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes13
Executive producersVivien Muller-Rommel
Ben Caudell
Alex Moody
ProducerSam Ward
EditorsGavin Buckley
Richard Halladey
Running time30 minutes
Production companyStudio Hamburg UK
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release10 September 2021 (2021-09-10) –


Paul "Wicky" Wickstead, a Government-certified cleaning technician, is responsible for the removal of any signs of death from crime scenes. In the course of his work, he gets to know a variety of people.



Guest castEdit

  • Helena Bonham Carter as Sheila. Sheila met her husband in business school, however after she married him she found herself bored. Sheila and her husband were married for at least 35 years. One day, after having reached the limit with her husband she killed him. After meeting Wicky, they planned to go on holiday and then Sheila would turn herself in, but Wicky called the police at the last minute and Sheila was arrested. (E1)[4][5]
  • Shobu Kapoor as Neeta, Sheila’s neighbour. She loves to bake and is extremely judgemental to any woman she meets who dislikes or doesn’t do baking. (E1)[4][5]
  • Georgie Glen as Mrs Gathernoid, a fan of Terence's work who claims to invite him to an award ceremony, but he sees through her (E2)[4]
  • David Mitchell as Terence Redford, a struggling writer who is hostile to Wicky (E2)[4][5]
  • Ruth Madeley as Helena, a young woman in a wheelchair who is vegan and has recently broken up with her partner. (E3)[6]
  • Stephanie Cole as Vivienne Hosier, an aristocrat who is very proud of her estate, especially her sofa, of which she deems precious to her family history and notes many famous people who sat there (E4)[5]
  • Donald Sumpter as Sir James, a close friend of Vivienne’s who is quite traditional. (E4)[5]
  • Layton Williams as 'Hosea' (Bernard), a young social media influencer who has an affinity with 1980s’ culture, despite not having seen Back to the Future (E5)[2][7]
  • Jo Hartley as Maggie (E6)[4][5]
  • Esmonde Cole as Tony
  • Barry Castagnola as Weasel
  • Sian Gibson as Wicky's sister (Christmas special)
  • James Bolam as Wicky's father (Christmas special)
  • Robbie Curran as Robert Kendrick (Christmas special)

Episode listEdit

Series 1Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byBBC iPlayer release dateBBC One broadcastUK viewers (millions)[a][8]
1"The Widow"Tom MarshallGreg Davies10 September 2021 (2021-09-10)10 September 20213.42
Wicky is called to a suburban crime scene where everything is but normal. His efforts are impeded by the arrival of the officious neighbour, and then the rather eccentric murderer herself arrives to try and convince him into helping her abscond.
2"The Writer"Tom MarshallGreg Davies10 September 2021 (2021-09-10)17 September 2021N/A (<3.02)[b]
Wicky deals with one of his more tricky clients, a prickly novelist who obsesses over quiet, resistance to unbottling his emotions, the subtleties of a classical author, and the contents of the sandwich in his packed lunch.
3"The Neighbour"Tom MarshallGreg Davies10 September 2021 (2021-09-10)24 September 2021N/A (<2.94)[b]
4"The Aristocrat"Alex WincklerGreg Davies10 September 2021 (2021-09-10)1 October 20213.24
Wicky meets the owner of a house where a burglar has died. She tells him of famous visitors who have sat on her couch, including Winston Churchill.
5"The Influencer"Tom MarshallGreg Davies10 September 2021 (2021-09-10)8 October 20213.11
Wicky finds himself reliving his youth when called to clean the den of online influencer Hosea and discovers it's a shrine to the 1980s, before realising said influencer is desperately lacking a father figure (after his parents moved abroad without him when he was 16) and gets enlisted to recreate the crime scene to boost Hosea's flagging profile.
6"The One"Tom MarshallGreg Davies10 September 2021 (2021-09-10)22 October 2021[c]N/A (<3.11)[b]
Wicky's next job proves personal, when he learns he knows the owner of the holiday home he's cleaning up – a former girlfriend who left him twenty years ago on his thirtieth birthday. Having been besotted with her, catching up proves an awkward experience, especially as, after Wicky discovers a set of anonymous love letters, both receive some home truths about their time together.
  1. ^ 7-day consolidated, including device viewership and pre-transmission.
  2. ^ a b c Not reported in the weekly top 15 programmes for four-screen viewer ratings.
  3. ^ Originally due to be shown on 15 October 2021; following the murder of David Amess MP, this episode was pulled - alongside Have I Got News for You - and replaced with a Miranda repeat.[9]

Christmas specialEdit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateUK viewers (millions)
7"A Clean Christmas"Dominic BrigstockeGreg Davies and Ronan Blaney23 December 2022 (2022-12-23)[3]N/A (<3.17)[a]
Wicky is sent to clean up an ice cream parlour on Christmas Day, following the murder of the owner. He plans to attend a raffle at the pub afterwards, but one of the parlour's regular customers gets in his way.

Series 2Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateUK viewers (millions)
81"The Transaction"Tom MarshallGreg Davies and Meg Salter24 March 2023 (2023-03-24)TBD
92"The Clown"Tom MarshallGreg Davies and Paul Allen31 March 2023 (2023-03-31)TBD
103"The Nightshift"Tom MarshallGreg Davies7 April 2023 (2023-04-07)TBD
114"The Shaman"Tom MarshallGreg Davies and Barry Castagnola14 April 2023 (2023-04-14)TBD
125"The Statue"Tom MarshallGreg Davies and Mike Wozniak21 April 2023 (2023-04-21)TBD
136"The Dead End"Dominic BrigstockeGreg Davies28 April 2023 (2023-04-28)TBD


  1. ^ Not reported in the weekly top 15 programmes for four-screen viewer ratings.


  1. ^ a b Jones, Alice (26 August 2021). "Greg Davies: 'The notion that I'm an adult is just preposterous'". i. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b Carr, Flora (31 August 2021). "The Cleaner release date: Guide to BBC One crime scene comedy starring Greg Davies". Radio Times. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b Cormack, Morgan (20 December 2022). "The Cleaner Christmas special 2022: release date, cast and latest news for BBC comedy". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "List of cast members". IMDb. 11 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Richards, Will (19 February 2021). "Helena Bonham Carter and David Mitchell to star in Greg Davies' new comedy 'The Cleaner'". NME. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Comedy role for Westhoughton actress Ruth Madeley in new BBC sitcom". The Bolton News. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  7. ^ Wilson, Chloe. "Bury actor to appear in new BBC comedy alongside Greg Davies". The Bolton News. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Most viewed programmes". BARB. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  9. ^ O'Connor, Roisin. "David Amess: Have I Got News for You and The Cleaner pulled from TV schedules after MP's death". The Independent. Retrieved 16 October 2021.

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