How many episodes are in Greg Davies’ The Cleaner?

Trailer for BBC series The Cleaner with Greg Davies

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The Cleaner is set to premiere on Friday at 9.30pm on BBC One and will bring together a star-studded comedic cast. The BBC has described the series as a dark comedy, following a man whose job it is to clean up murder scenes after the police have finished.

How many episodes are in The Cleaner?

After being confirmed earlier this year, The Cleaner is finally premiering on Friday on BBC One.

Starring The Inbetweeners’ Greg Davies, he will be joined by David Mitchell and Helena Bonham Carter.

Davies will play Paul ‘Wicky’ Wickstead, a state-certified cleaning technician, who is responsible for the removal of any signs of death from the crime scenes.

Wicky is unphased by the horrors he has to clean up day after day, more concerned with his trip to the pub after than anything else.

Each episode will drop on Friday nights, with six episodes in total for the show.

The six-part comedy is actually inspired by a German series, titled Der Tarorteiniger, or Crime Scene Cleaner.

Each episode will see Wicky meet with various other characters as he has to navigate blood-splatter and awkward situations. 

When the series was announced by the BBC, Davies released a statement saying: “Each episode is generally a two-hand ‘play’.

“I mistakenly thought this would be easier than writing for multiple characters. It is not!

“It was nice to just focus on Wicky and the person he encounters each week though.

“It’s a challenge to make them rounded and to give context to the dreadful events that have led them to be spending time with a crime-scene cleaner.”

Peep Show’s David Mitchell will be playing Terence Redford, while The Crown’s Helena Bonham Carter will be taking on the role of Sheila.

Bonham Carter said: “I thoroughly enjoyed playing Sheila, one of the eclectic (and sometimes murderous) mix of characters that ‘Wicky’ comes across during his gruesome but necessary work.”

They will be joined by After Life’s Jo Hartly as Maggie, which the BBC describes as “the one that got away. Wicky’s first love and long-term ex-girlfriend.”

Rounding out the main cast is Donald Sumpter, Stephanie Cole, Shobu Kapoor, Layton Williams, and Ruth Madeley.

The BBC recently dropped the first trailer for the series, giving fans a better glimpse at what to expect from the series.

Wicky is seen saying: “You do get to see how people live, I say live, they’re mainly horribly dead.”

Wicky is later seen suited and booted, going from one crime scene to the next as he has to deal with the various other characters that get in his way.

“As a young man I told a careers adviser that I wanted to mop blood up for a living, or be a comedian”, Davies added. 

 “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).”

Each of the six episodes will run for 45 minutes, with the BBC not confirming if this is a limited series or if it is intended to continue beyond season one.

The Cleaner will premiere on Friday at 9.30pm on BBC One.

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