Our ongoing obsession with true crime is set to continue with this new BBC show as The Cleaner hits our screens next Friday, September 10 on BBC One.
The show is based on the long-running German comedy series Der Tatortreiniger (Crime Scene Cleaner) by Mizzi Meyert which first aired in 2011 and centres around the character of Wicky, a crime scene cleaner whose job is to mop up after gruesome murders.
Each episode focuses on a different death and will feature some familiar faces as guest stars along the way. Some of these include, Helena Bonham Carter, comedian Phil Mitchell and actress Stephanie Cole who have all spoke their praises for Greg, describing him as a ‘funny and talented man’ and a ‘brilliant writer.’
Helena will star in the first episode of the show as a murderous wife and said she “thoroughly enjoyed playing Sheila”. Helena continued by saying: “Before this job, thanks to my children, I knew Greg as the really tall man on Taskmaster, but now I know that not only is he genuinely very tall but he is also a brilliant writer”
Greg, 53, is well known for his roles in popular comedies like The Inbetweeners, Cuckoo and Man Down and says playing the role of a more serious character in The Cleaner was an ‘interesting challenge’.
Greg said: “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.”
When asked if he thought he would be good at crime scene cleaning after playing Wicky, he said: “As anyone who knows me will testify, I would be the worse crime scene cleaner on the planet.
“My home/car regularly looks like crime scenes because of my incompetence in the field of domestic work.”
In preperation before the writing of the show began, Greg spoke to a real crime scene cleaner to make sure main character Wicky was “cleaning up blood the way it should be.”
He said: “The funny thing for me about crime scene cleaning is about 90 percent of it is graft, you have to mop up big pools of blood.
“There was one point where I had to pick up a severed finger and put it into the bin, even that being a pretend severed finger I did reveal how ill-suited I am to crime scene cleaning.”
Greg describes the character as a “simple, unsentimental but moral man” and one thing is for certain, Greg wants Wicky’s pride about his job to be evident throughout the series.
Greg continued: “I sort of imagine his home to be fairly grim, I don’t especially think he looks after himself particularly well, but the thing I was keen to get across was the pride he takes in his job.
“There is a moral element to that, he likes to make things to look the way they did before anything happened.”