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

The Cleaner

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2021 - 2023
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Greg Davies stars as a crime scene cleaner in this UK adaptation of a hit German show. Also features Zita Sattar.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - The Widow

The Cleaner. Image shows from L to R: Sheila (Helena Bonham Carter), Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead (Greg Davies)
Crime scene cleaner Wicky heads to the suburbs to "cleanse" a particularly grizzly murder. However, he finds himself continually getting interrupted by people unexpectedly dropping in on the crime scene - including a mysterious, heavily armed woman.

Preview clips

Further details

Professional crime scene cleaner Wicky has headed to the suburbs to mop up after a particularly grizzly murder: your classic 'housewife finally snaps' stabbing-based incident. It's a pretty standard Wednesday for Wicky, who is working with great speed to finish in time to make it to his favourite curry night at the local. If only he would stop being interrupted by people unexpectedly dropping in on the crime scene. Including a mysterious, heavily armed woman.

Broadcast details

Friday 10th September 2021
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 27th March 2023 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 28th March 2023 12:15am Gold
Saturday 22nd April 2023 10:05pm Gold
Sunday 23rd April 2023 1:10am Gold
Tuesday 30th May 2023 9:00pm Gold
Monday 23rd October 2023 10:20pm Gold
Tuesday 24th October 2023 12:40am Gold
Saturday 3rd February 2024 9:00pm Gold
Sunday 4th February 2024 12:00am Gold

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead
Zita Sattar Ruth
Guest cast
Helena Bonham Carter Sheila
Shobu Kapoor Neeta
Paul Chowdhry Man Boy
Writing team
Greg Davies Writer
Benjamin Partridge Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Tom Marshall Director
Sam Ward Producer
Vivien Muller-Rommel Executive Producer
Ben Caudell Executive Producer
Rhun Francis Line Producer
Gavin Buckley Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Leonie Hartard Costume Designer
Ross Marshall Director of Photography
Alyn Waterman Make-up Designer
Samuel Karl Bohn (as Samuel Bohn) Composer
Leonie Tucker Graphics
Laurie Mahon 1st Assistant Director


When work ruins your evening plans

Nothing gets in the way of Wicky's curry night Tuesdays.

Featuring: Greg Davies (Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead) & Zita Sattar (Ruth).


TV review: The Cleaner, BBC One

Do give it a go, but it is best to start out with a very open mind.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 14th September 2021

Review: The Cleaner

In Man Down, he created one of the most stupidly funny - and underrated - sitcoms of recent times. But Greg Davies new BBC One project, The Cleaner, is - ironically enough - a messier mix of laughs and drama.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 10th September 2021

Greg Davies leads a dark and curious comedy

The Cleaner (BBC One) is a strange creation, and - while intriguing - it may turn out to be an acquired taste.

Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 10th September 2021

The Cleaner review

Greg Davies is brilliantly funny in intriguing crime scene sitcom.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 10th September 2021

The Cleaner review

Strange and tonally disparate, I hoped for more from Greg Davies' black comedy.

Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 10th September 2021

The Cleaner, review

Once you get past scenes of Helena Bonham Carter defecating, Greg Davies's anarchic sitcom develops into something genuinely moving.

Benji Wilson, The Telegraph, 10th September 2021

The Cleaner review

The series isn't quite dark or comic enough to go down as an unqualified success.

Patrick Cremona, Radio Times, 7th September 2021

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