Cleaning Up (TV series)

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Cleaning Up
Created byMark Marlow
Written byMark Marlow
Directed byLewis Arnold
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s)Jane Featherstone, Chris Fry
Producer(s)Karen Lewis
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release9 January (2019-01-09) –
13 February 2019 (2019-02-13)

Cleaning Up is a British television drama series written and created by Mark Marlow. The six-part series premiered on ITV on 9 January 2019. It stars Sheridan Smith as Sam, a separated mother and office cleaner who resorts to insider trading in order to pay her debts.[1][2]


Sam Cook is a cleaner at Kramer Lowe, a financial company in Canary Wharf. Struggling to get by on her zero-hour contract with contractor Xenco Clean, she is drowning in debt, addicted to gambling, and faces her ex-husband trying to get full-time custody of their two daughters. After overhearing a stockbroker who is being blackmailed into insider trading, she plunges herself into a shady world of finance.



The first episode of Cleaning Up received three out of five stars from The Guardian's Lucy Mangan, who was critical of weak story development but complimentary of the concept and actors, writing that "... overall, this is the kind of solid, well-made nonsense that is such a rare and precious joy. Indispensable to it are the actors, who throw themselves uncynically into it with their whole hearts. This is always Smith's greatest gift, and here she is surrounded by a supporting cast doing likewise."[3]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [4]U.K. viewers
(millions) [5]
1"Episode 1"Lewis ArnoldMark MarlowJanuary 9, 2019 (2019-01-09)8.68
2"Episode 2"Lewis ArnoldMark MarlowJanuary 16, 2019 (2019-01-16)7.69
3"Episode 3"Lewis ArnoldMark MarlowJanuary 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)6.98
4"Episode 4"Lewis ArnoldMark MarlowJanuary 30, 2019 (2019-01-30)6.51
5"Episode 5"Robert McKillopMark MarlowFebruary 6, 2019 (2019-02-06)6.47
6"Episode 6"Robert McKillopMark MarlowFebruary 13, 2019 (2019-02-13)6.61


Cleaning Up is also available on DVD. The DVD release of Cleaning Up contains six episodes.


  1. ^ "When does Cleaning Up start on ITV? What's it about and who's in the cast?". Radio Times. 12 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Sheridan Smith to star in new ITV series about insider trading". Radio Times. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ Mangan, Lucy (9 January 2019). "Cleaning Up review: Sheridan Smith's stock keeps on rising". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Cleaning Up - Listings". Next Episode. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Four-screen dashboard | BARB". Retrieved 7 February 2019.

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