Helena Bonham Carter to star in new BBC comedy

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

BBC One has confirmed the cast for brand new comedy series, The Cleaner, due to air in 2021 - including huge stars such as Helena Bonham Carter, David Mitchell, Stephanie Cole and Greg Davies, who's also written the show.

Here's everything we know so far:

The Cleaner: What's it about?

The show is based on the multi award-winning long-running German comedy series Der Tatortreiniger (Crime Scene Cleaner).

Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

The series follows Paul ‘Wicky’ Wickstead, a state-certified cleaning technician with a very special field of work: a crime scene cleaner responsible for the removal of any signs of death. Armed with chemicals, scrubbing brushes and cleaning rags, Wicky removes the gruesome mess at the scene of the crime.

When carrying out his duties, he stumbles across the strangest of people: from the victim’s relatives, employers, neighbours and acquaintances, to occasionally even the murderers themselves. And because he’s a sociable type, he sometimes gossips more than he cleans…

The Cleaner: Who's in it?

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Announced so far are Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), David Mitchell (Upstart Crow, Back), Stephanie Cole (Still Open All Hours), Donald Sumpter (Game Of Thrones), Shobu Kapoor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Ruth Madeley (Years And Years), Layton Williams (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie musical), Zita Sattar (Casualty), Georgie Glen (The Crown, Call The Midwife), Bill Skinner (Ted Lasso), and Esmonde Cole (Still So Awkward).

Greg Davies, who stars in and wrote the series, says: “I’m thrilled that this remarkable collection of actors has agreed to appear next to me on screen. Scrubbing up blood in a hazmat suit in front of them will be a pleasure.”

Shane Allen, Commissioning Controller for BBC Comedy adds: “Pinched myself when I saw all this comedy and acting royalty in one show. It’s all down to Greg’s well hewn scripts which take us in to different character worlds in surprising and funny ways each week as Wicky has a transformative effect on those he comes across. The Cleaner delivers on BBC One’s unique commitment to make UK comedy for a mainstream audience”

Vivien Muller-Rommel, Studio Hamburg UK, says: “It is a great honour for us at Studio Hamburg UK to produce a show that brings together some true British icons. We couldn’t have wished for a better Clean-up Crew to bring Greg’s brilliant scripts to life.”

The Cleaner: When is it on?

The six part series doesn't have an air date just yet, but we're hoping it'll be out in 2021.

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