First episode of Greg Davies’ new sitcom The Cleaner. Wicky is a crime-scene cleaner – after CSI has finished, he mops up any grizzly remains. And you’d be amazed who you can run into at the scene of a crime…
The Cleaner written by and starring Greg Davies as Paul ‘Wicky’ Wickstead a state-certified cleaning technician with a very special field of work: as a crime scene cleaner he is responsible for the removal of any signs of death. Wicky works for Shropshire-based cleaning contractors Lausen and is usually found, together with his baby-blue pickup truck, at crime scenes after the police have concluded their detective work.
Armed with chemicals, scrubbing brushes and cleaning rags, Wicky removes the gruesome mess at the scene of the crime. When carrying out his duties, he stumbles across the strangest of people: from the victim’s relatives, employers, neighbours and acquaintances, to occasionally even the murderers themselves. And because he’s a sociable type, he sometimes gossips more than he cleans.
In the first episode professional crime scene cleaner Wicky (Greg Davies) 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 (Helena Bonham Carter).
Also starring Paul Chowdhry Shobu Kapoor, Zita Sattar. The Cleaner is written by Greg Davies and is based on Der Tatortreiniger created by Mizzi Meyer. It is directed by Tom Marshall and is a Studio Hamburg UK production.
Greg Davies says: “As a young man I told a careers adviser that I wanted to mop blood up for a living or be a comedian. He told me with a giggle that neither were real jobs and I should consider learning a trade. Well he’s not laughing now is he? Sadly, he’s dead.”
Shane Allen, Commissioning Controller Comedy, says: “Greg has done a knockout job of repositioning this hit sitcom for the UK audience. Wicky is a thoroughly decent everyman whose differing work situation each week brims with comic flourishes and opportunities to test his moral fibre. As with Ghosts and The Goes Wrong Show we’re keen to back distinctive ideas that play with form and tone for a mainstream BBC One audience and take the sitcom in to unexpected new settings.”
Vivien Muller-Rommel, Managing Director Studio Hamburg UK says: “We are very excited to be partnering with the BBC, the Holy Grail of British comedy, on this show. Greg Davies has always been our top choice to portray our charmingly chatty protagonist, and we couldn’t be more delighted that he’s also writing the series. In times of a global pandemic, we all need more comedies. Fortunately our protagonist already wears a mask by profession.”
The Cleaner (6×30′) is based on the multi award winning long-running German comedy series Der Tatortreiniger (Crime Scene Cleaner) created by Ingrid Lausund and produced by subsidies of the Studio Hamburg Production Group. The Cleaner was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Shane Allen, Commissioning Controller Comedy. The Executive Producer for Studio Hamburg UK is Vivien Muller-Rommel and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ben Caudell.