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Cleaning Up

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Wed 09 Jan 2019
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 02 2019 : Sat 05 Jan - Fri 11 Jan
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Series overview
Cleaning Up is an exciting and original 6 x 60’ drama series for ITV. Created by screenwriting newcomer Mark Marlow and starring Sheridan Smith, it 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. 
We all know that the system is rigged so the rich get richer and the poor get shafted. Sam is an ordinary working-class woman, one of the invisible army of workers who mop and sweep vacuum around the CEOs, bankers and brokers as they make their millions. 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. She finds herself caught between two contrasting lives: the exclusive, ruthless world of Canary Wharf, and the tough reality of life as a single mum in London suburbia. Smart, complicated and charismatic, Sam had the potential to be brilliant. As she demonstrates her intelligence and her plan falls into place, the money starts to roll in – but can Sam drag herself away from the lure of the roulette wheel? 
She might have found a potential solution to her problems, but she’s slowly replacing one vice with another - and this time she’s taking on a criminal endeavour with formidable players and with the police around every corner. As the stakes get higher she is drawn into a dangerous network of high-powered insider traders and an unpredictable, illegal world which could threaten everything she holds dear. 
Can Sam out-smart the system? Will she overcome her addictive personality?
And just how far will she go to get her life back on track?
Episode 1
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.
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