Julie Hesmondhalgh
Cleaning Up

Cleaning Up

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2015
  • 4 episodes (1 series)

Radio 4 sitcom about a group of night-time office cleaners in Manchester. Stars Julie Hesmondhalgh, Paul Barber, John Thomson, Lauren Socha, Bhavna Limbachia and Jack Deam

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Radio Times review

It's impossible to predict how well any new sitcom will do from just one listen. I still wince when I recall my damning judgement on Little Britain after its first airing. We have to get to know the characters before we can empathise with them and, indeed, make a commitment to follow their fates.

So it is with joy in my heart that I announce I will be staying with Cleaning Up. Set in a Manchester office, it's an all-female team of cleaners, headed up by Julie (Julie Hesmondhalgh) and Dave, the security guard (John Thompson), who draw us so entirely into their world. And then their apple cart is upset when the unheard of happens: a male cleaner joins them. Nobby, played by Paul Barber, would rather be signing on than spraying bleach -- and even more so when he realises his new boss Julie is his ex-fiancée.

I think this is a grower -- but then my track record (see Little Britain) is not that great!

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 20th February 2015

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