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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.


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Series cast summary:
Sheridan Smith ...  Sam 6 episodes, 2019
Jade Anouka ...  Jess 6 episodes, 2019
Robert Emms ...  Glynn 6 episodes, 2019
Anya McKenna-Bruce ...  Lily 6 episodes, 2019
Kristy Philipps ...  Alice 6 episodes, 2019
Uriel Emil ...  Viktor 6 episodes, 2019
Branka Katic ...  Mina 6 episodes, 2019
Matthew McNulty ...  Dave 6 episodes, 2019
Neil Maskell ...  Warren 6 episodes, 2019
Hero Fiennes Tiffin ...  Jake 6 episodes, 2019
Rosie Cavaliero ...  Frances Howard / ... 5 episodes, 2019
Theo Barklem-Biggs ...  Chris 5 episodes, 2019
Doc Brown Doc Brown ...  Blake 5 episodes, 2019
Lloyd Owen ...  Swanny 4 episodes, 2019
Angela Wynter Angela Wynter ...  Amber 4 episodes, 2019
Con O'Neill ...  Graham 2 episodes, 2019
Shobu Kapoor ...  Barsha 2 episodes, 2019
Naomi Ackie ...  Beth 2 episodes, 2019
Milanka Brooks ...  Daniela 2 episodes, 2019
Clare Higgins ...  Mary 2 episodes, 2019
Sophie Carmen-Jones ...  Daisy / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Alex Jordan ...  Money Mike 2 episodes, 2019
Tina Harris ...  Christine 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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Release Date:

9 January 2019 (UK) See more »

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Clean Break See more »

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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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Soapy bubble
8 March 2019 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

A highly entertaining, if improbable, 6-part drama on ITV, starring Sheridan Smith as a recently separated single parent, struggling to bring up her two daughters on her low income as an office cleaner in the financial centre of London, as well as managing her growing addiction to gambling, be it lottery scratch-cards, on-line gaming or just going to the local casino to play roulette. Opportunity comes knocking for her however as she becomes aware that an employee at a city stockbroker where she cleans after-hours, who seems to work late and alone every night, is in fact part of a syndicate involved in insider-dealing. With her two work-colleague friends, she sets up a listening device in the dealer's office and uses the information to play the market for the three of them to benefit financially from investing in the hot tips picked up.

The plot thickens however when the threesome's gravy train gets derailed after the crooked dealer is suspended on suspicion of malpractice and Smith decides to move on up by swotting up on the markets and stepping into the offending dealer's shoes as his replacement in the scam. While the idea of a lowly office cleaner carrying off such a caper is somewhat far fetched, it's written and played so well that you go along with the unlikely premise, rooting for Smith and her buddies all the way, especially at the numerous nail-biting moments when it seems her well-laid plans are about to unravel.

There are various background sub-plots including Smith's on-off relationship with her ex-husband, who still cares for her to some degree and is concerned about her gambling addiction, likewise her two daughters, the older one in her mid teens who tries to encourage her mum to attend Gambler's Anonymous classes, the younger infant one driven to petty theft to help her struggling mum, the vulture-like loan-shark constantly badgering Smith for repayment and last but not least the geeky young entrepreneur-inventor she takes in as a lodger whose ability to make home-made listening devices is crucial to the plot.

Sure, a lot of the plot-links are as unlikely as my winning the lottery next week and I'm not sure about the dubious morality of the ending where it seems Smith and her chums are about to continue along similar lines in their criminal ways but with a well-chosen cast all responding to the superior material and smart, non-flashy direction, this was enjoyable contemporary drama which thoroughly entertained my wife and I over its six-week run.

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