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 2, Episode 1 - The Transaction

The Cleaner. Image shows left to right: Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead (Greg Davies), Lisa (Harriet Walter)
Wicky faces the ultimate test of self-control - a job in a pub just after he's promised his new girlfriend to stay off the booze.

Further details

Wicky faces the ultimate test of self-control: a job in a pub, after he's promised his new girlfriend he'll stay off the booze. But resisting a pint is the least of his challenges once he meets hard-bitten landlady Lisa and muscle-bound barman Cuddle. Wicky is there to clean up the devastation left by a lethal brawl, but as a web of romantic and criminal intrigue slowly unravels around him, Wicky realises there's more to this job than just cleaning up blood (and the occasional severed human ear).

Harriet Walter Q&A

The Cleaner. Lisa (Harriet Walter)

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

My character is a tough cookie, or thinks she is. She sees all relationships as transactions, as profit or loss. She is a great contrast to romantic soft-hearted Wicky. She owns the pub where the crime took place and is pretty cold-blooded about the murder. Why? And what is she hiding?

She has some great lines and is nothing like any other character I have played. That, and the lure of working with Greg and his team made it an easy one to accept.

What was it like working alongside Greg?

Hilarious. A laugh a minute, but straight and honest too. A totally great guy.

Do you have a favourite moment from filming your episode?

Greg doing anything really. Wicky singing to the jukebox when he thought no one was looking. Got me every time.

How do you think you would fare as a crime-scene cleaner?

I would be totally useless. I am very squeamish and I wouldn't sleep for weeks... the image wouldn't leave my brain. Blood and guts don't appeal.

Broadcast details

Friday 24th March 2023
30 minutes


Cast & crew

Greg Davies Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead
Zita Sattar Ruth
Guest cast
Harriet Walter Lisa
Charlie Rawes Cuddle
Writing team
Greg Davies Writer
Meg Salter Writer
Production team
Tom Marshall Director
Sam Ward Producer
Vivien Muller-Rommel Executive Producer
Ben Caudell Executive Producer
Lesley Cruickshank Line Producer
Gareth Heal Editor
Polly Aspinall Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Ross Marshall Director of Photography
Claire Wilson Costume Designer
Alyn Waterman Make-up Designer
Samuel Karl Bohn (as Samuel Bohn) Composer
Bethan King Graphics
Claire Grossmith 1st Assistant Director

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