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The Cleaner. Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead (Greg Davies).

The Cleaner

Greg Davies stars as a crime scene cleaner in this UK adaptation of a hit German show

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Steve Sunshine

  • Saturday 18th September 2021, 1:09am
  • Dagenham, England
  • 15,099 posts

Ok I'm half sold
And will give it a try

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 18th September 2021, 5:49am
  • England
  • 20,120 posts

Yes, as per my golden rule, I always give a new series a second look if I am doubtful. Big fan of Greg's

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radioshoes

  • Saturday 18th September 2021, 12:55pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 posts

Nobody has pointed out yet that The Cleaner is based on a long-running German series called Der Tatortreiniger. As luck would have it, I only just finished watching it (thank you, torrents) and can safely say it's one of the funniest series I've ever seen. Last night I watched episode two of The Cleaner and found it was an almost exact copy of one of the best episodes of DT, right down to the killer line about having 'cleaner block'. And yet in the Comedy Guide interview with Greg Davies, not a mention is made of the series' German origins. Naughty.

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fasty

  • Saturday 18th September 2021, 2:42pm
  • Derbys, England
  • 384 posts

It's credited at the end - Based on Der Tatortreiniger Created by Mizzi Meyer

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Lazzard

  • Saturday 18th September 2021, 2:50pm
  • Ludlow, England
  • 5,621 posts
Quote: fasty @ 18th September 2021, 2:42 PM

It's credited at the end - Based on Der Tatortreiniger Created by Mizzi Meyer

And at the top of this thread.

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radioshoes

  • Sunday 19th September 2021, 12:51pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 posts

Yes, but the episode in question clearly states 'Written by Greg Davies'. That's a long way from 'based on', especially when whole lines have been lifted.

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Lazzard

  • Sunday 19th September 2021, 1:59pm
  • Ludlow, England
  • 5,621 posts

It's usually about percentage of 'new' material.
Anyway - they would have had to come to a, I should imagine, fairly generous agreement with Mizzi Meyer, the original writer.

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Chappers

  • Sunday 19th September 2021, 2:37pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 32,651 posts
Quote: radioshoes @ 19th September 2021, 12:51 PM

Yes, but the episode in question clearly states 'Written by Greg Davies'. That's a long way from 'based on', especially when whole lines have been lifted.

He probably wrote it in English.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Sunday 19th September 2021, 2:59pm
  • England
  • 20,120 posts
Quote: fasty @ 18th September 2021, 2:42 PM

It's credited at the end - Based on Der Tatortreiniger Created by Mizzi Meyer

Yeah, but who won the bloody war. :P

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Chappers

  • Sunday 19th September 2021, 3:23pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 32,651 posts
Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 19th September 2021, 2:59 PM

Yeah, but who won the bloody war. :P

Actually I'm not really so sure.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Sunday 19th September 2021, 3:31pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 20,120 posts
Quote: Chappers @ 19th September 2021, 3:23 PM

Actually I'm not really so sure.

Yup, Yanks, Krauts the Japs seem to have done far better than the so called victors.

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nykobing

  • Monday 20th September 2021, 8:15pm
  • United States
  • 2 posts
Quote: Jeff Arthur @ 14th September 2021, 7:50 PM

During episode 2 (the David Mitchell ep) there is a french rock/pop song playing when Greg is around the book shelf. does anyone know the name of the song or the artists? I really liked it and wnat to track it down. Thanks in advance

The subtitles say it is this -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ9GMnZM_f4

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Chappers

  • Friday 24th September 2021, 11:02pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 32,651 posts

Loved tonight's episode (except for the "cool" spliff scene)

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Friday 24th September 2021, 11:43pm
  • England
  • 20,120 posts

Not me - said I'd give it two episodes, but it hasn't impressed me at all. Thought it was supposed to be a comedy, but has left me cold.

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Pineapplesky

  • Wednesday 6th October 2021, 8:31pm
  • England
  • 60 posts

The show's a mess. The subject and the script are fairly dark at times but it's scored like it's a kids comedy. During the pilot, the lead is in a life/death situation but doesn't act like he's in one. I don't know why so often, creators of shows are so blind to see how unrealistic their characters are acting. They don't understand that if the main character acts like he's not in grave danger... then I'm not going to care that he is. And if don't care, then there's no stakes. And when there's no stakes, the humour becomes meaningless.

I was reminded a little of the OFAH episode when Del Boy realises he's trapped in the cottage with an escaped mental patient. And how when he realises, Del is absolutely terrified yet having to act like he's buddies with the patient as not to agitate him. That seems real to me. If Del had acted sarcy with the bloke and then spoke about how he fancied going down the Nag's Head when the bloke had the axe to his throat... it wouldn't be funny at all. It'd be weird and unrelatable.

I'd understand why the guy's used to a crime scene so he's not screamish around blood (although the gag is way over done here, would have worked a lot better if it was more subtle) but I'm not buying that this guy acts that way when a murderer is threatening to kill him.

Everyone involved... do better.