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 6 - The One

The Cleaner. Image shows from L to R: Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead (Greg Davies), Maggie (Jo Hartley)
Wicky heads to the country to clean up a nasty mess in a holiday home, and bumps into his first 'proper' girlfriend.

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Further details

Wicky is heading to the countryside after a burglar was interrupted by a shotgun-toting farmer, who administered a bit of traditional rural justice and left Wicky with the mess to clean up. Wicky discovers that the holiday home is owned by his first 'proper' girlfriend, Maggie... A chance to catch up with the one that got away over a nice cup of tea and a bloodstain.

Jo Hartley interview

The Cleaner. Maggie (Jo Hartley)

Tell us a bit about your character and what attracted you to the role?

I play Maggie, the one that got away. Wicky's first love and long-term ex-girlfriend. She ran off, married another man, and became an artist, of sorts. Wicky never got over Maggie, she comes up in conversation throughout the series. She's sassy and ambitious. I turn up in Ep 6; let's just say it's an unexpected reunion. Oh, and she hates blood.

What attracted me to the role was Greg, his hilarious script, the people involved and Tom Marshall [the director] who's super talented and a long-time collaborator.

What was the most enjoyable part of filming for you?

All of it! We had a lot of fun, we filmed in an old cottage in the countryside. Myself and Greg star in the ep, it's a two hander, so it was great to just jump in and challenge myself.

How was it working with Greg Davies?

Superb, he's truly wonderful and very very talented. I loved Greg, down to earth, funny and very smart. Never met him before but always admired his work.

If you ever met a real crime scene cleaner what would you ask them?

Do you take your work home with you?


This episode was postponed from its originally scheduled broadcast of Friday 15th October at 9:30pm due to the murder of MP David Amess earlier that day.

Broadcast details

Friday 22nd October 2021
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 29th March 2023 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 30th March 2023 1:00am Gold
Saturday 29th April 2023 2:15am Gold
Sunday 30th April 2023 1:00am Gold
Thursday 1st June 2023 9:40pm Gold
Friday 2nd June 2023 1:00am Gold
Tuesday 7th November 2023 10:00pm Gold
Wednesday 8th November 2023 1:00am Gold
Sunday 4th February 2024 10:20pm Gold
Monday 5th February 2024 1:20am Gold

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead
Zita Sattar Ruth
Guest cast
Jo Hartley Maggie
Norton James Jamie Besserman
Gavin Joseph Simon
Writing team
Greg Davies Writer
Stephen Morrison Writer (Additional Material)
Monica Heisey 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
Martin Palmer 1st Assistant Director


How to smoothly reconnect with an ex

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Featuring: Greg Davies (Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead) & Jo Hartley (Maggie).

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