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Cleaning Up 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Series (2019– )
Struggling mum Sam discovers access to lucrative stock market information while working as an office cleaner at Canary Wharf.


Mark Marlow
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Series cast summary:
Sheridan Smith ...  Sam 6 episodes, 2019
Jade Anouka ...  Jess 6 episodes, 2019
Anya McKenna-Bruce ...  Lily 6 episodes, 2019
Kristy Philipps ...  Alice 6 episodes, 2019
Matthew McNulty ...  Dave 6 episodes, 2019
Branka Katic ...  Mina 6 episodes, 2019
Robert Emms ...  Glynn 6 episodes, 2019
Uriel Emil ...  Viktor 6 episodes, 2019
Neil Maskell ...  Warren 6 episodes, 2019
Lloyd Owen ...  Swanny 5 episodes, 2019
Rosie Cavaliero ...  Frances Howard 5 episodes, 2019
Hero Fiennes Tiffin ...  Jake 5 episodes, 2019
Theo Barklem-Biggs ...  Chris 5 episodes, 2019
Ben Bailey Smith ...  Blake 4 episodes, 2019
Naomi Ackie ...  Beth 4 episodes, 2019
Angela Wynter Angela Wynter ...  Amber 4 episodes, 2019
Jordan Dawes Jordan Dawes ...  John 3 episodes, 2019
Con O'Neill ...  Graham 3 episodes, 2019
Shobu Kapoor ...  Barsha 2 episodes, 2019
Milanka Brooks ...  Daniela 2 episodes, 2019
Radoslaw Kaim ...  KL Security Guard 2 episodes, 2019
Gabrielle Glaister ...  Mrs. Evans 2 episodes, 2019
Tina Harris ...  Christine 2 episodes, 2019
Sienna-Belle Jogoo Sienna-Belle Jogoo ...  Zafira 2 episodes, 2019
Clare Higgins ...  Mary 2 episodes, 2019
Alex Jordan ...  Money Mike 2 episodes, 2019


The characterful drama focuses on an ordinary working class woman, Sam, who is caught between two worlds - the everyday life of a devoted and loving Mum and the darker, dangerous world of insider trading. Sassy office cleaner Sam is one of an invisible army of cleaners on a zero hours contract who mop, sweep and vacuum in the early hours. Struggling with an on-line gambling addiction, Sam realises she has access to lucrative Stock Market information which if used correctly could be the answer to all her prayers. Set in the contrasting worlds of shiny Canary Wharf and the realities of modern suburbia, Cleaning Up, explores how far Sam will go to survive, claw back some self-respect and get her life back on track. Written by ITV

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Crime | Drama


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The idea of cleaning ladies gaining access to sensitive stock market information through their work has been used previously in Ladies Who Do (1963). See more »


Referenced in Granada Reports: 5 April 2019: Evening Bulletin (2019) See more »

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Has potential, but descends into a load of flimsy, stupid nothingness
18 February 2019 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Sam (Sheridan Smith) works as a cleaner in a trading tower, to support her daughters, along with her best mate Jess (Jade Anouka.) However, a crippling online gambling addiction has gotten her into debt, and now she's got loan sharks knocking at her door. One night, she has the novel idea to listen in to the traders, and get some inside information on which shares are going to go up, which allows her to get riches on the side that change her life immeasurably. However, it's all on a collision course to come crashing down.

Social inequality, and the great divide between the 'haves and have nots' in society at present is certainly one of the hot topics, and pretty much the main narrative propelling Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party. Quite rightly so, and this new six part drama from ITV, starring the versatile Sheridan Smith, focuses on this, with it's themes of 'the little guy' getting a slice of the pie over the 'orrible bankers. Sadly, while the premise has potential, the execution is just too nonsensical and requires too much suspension of disbelief to be taken seriously and have any lasting impact.

Smith's talents have certainly been recognized, and she's built up quite a profile and won some prestigious awards, but she simply had a big error of judgement choosing this script to put on her back catalogue. She does the best she can, but it's all just too poorly written, and doesn't have anything close to the sustainability it needs to last the course of six episodes, over six weeks! For some reason, I stuck with it to the end, and the dramatic stakes do lift a little a bit further in, but a satisfying resolution fails to materialise.

It's further compounded by one or two (important) inconsistent characters, who disappear for a few episodes then reappear towards the end, and a peculiar obsession with shoving ITV's diversity agenda down our throats, with everyone seemingly in a mixed race partnership, including Smith's friendship with her co worker. There's nothing like a satisfactory beginning, middle and an end, and any significant social commentary on issues like the responsibility of online gaming sites and the great wealth divide is just lost in the mire. Bearable, but only by the most very narrow margin. **

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