Cleaning Up is ITV's new drama starring Sheridan Smith - who else is on the cast and what can we expect?
Created by screenwriting newcomer Mark Marlow and starring Sheridan Smith, Cleaning Up follows the story of Sam, an office cleaner who struggles to maintain her life as a devoted mum after becoming addicted to online gambling.
Set in contemporary London, it’s an entertaining, surprising, character-driven drama that explores how far we’ll go to survive – and at what cost.
Hampered by her gambling addiction and with a debt collector knocking on the door, getting back to black looks impossible for Sam when she works a zero-hours contract on minimum wage.
A loving mum to two young daughters, Alice and Lily, Sam is struggling to keep her head above water and continues to turn to gambling as a means of escapism. The addiction has caused a rift in her family, with her husband Dave threatening to take the girls away, Sam is desperate to protect her life with them and to prove that she’s turning things around.
Sam’s world is thrown into disarray after she discovers access to lucrative stock market information that could be the answer to all her prayers. With the help of her best friend Jess, Sam starts to turn the tables on the system that has cheated her and begins to navigate the dark and dangerous world of insider trading.
There are six episodes of Cleaning Up on ITV. The first airs at 9PM on Wednesday, January 9. You can watch the show online or catch up from ITV Hub.
Cleaning cast on ITV
- Sam – Sheridan Smith
- Jess – Jade Anouka
- Dave – Matthew McNulty
- Mina – Branka Katic
- Alice – Kristy Phillips
- Lily – Anya McKenna Bruce
- Glynn – Robert Emms
- Frances – Rosie Cavaliero
- Blake – Ben Bailey Smith
- Swanny – Lloyd Owen
- Warren – Neil Maskell
- Beth – Naomi Ackie
- Viktor – Uriel Emil
- Graham – Con O’Neill
- Jake – Hero Fiennes Tiffin
- John – Jordan Dawes
- Chris – Theo Barklem-Biggs
Cleaning Up spoilers
In the first episode tonight, Sam is a struggling mum with an online gambling addiction, desperately trying to keep her life together after separating from her husband.
With her ex, Dave, threatening to take her daughters away, Sam wants to prove she’s a dependable parent to her two daughters, Alice and Lily.
But getting back on track looks impossible for Sam with spiralling debts and having to a work zero-hour contract on the minimum wage as a cleaner in Canary Wharf making
Sam’s life is thrown into disarray when she discovers access to lucrative and illegal stock market information at the office she cleans. Realising this could be the answer to her prayers, Sam starts delving into the high-stakes world of the stock market.
Persuading her best friend Jess to come in on the secret, the two cleaners start to navigate dangerous new territory.
Episode 2 of Cleaning Up will air next Wednesday, January 16 at 9PM on ITV.