SEVERAL big names in the world of comedy and drama, including Helena Bonham-Carter, have been revealed as cast members for Wem-native Greg Davies' new comedy – The Cleaner.

Written by and starring Davies, The Cleaner follows Paul 'Wicky' Wickstead, a state-certified cleaning technician with a very special field of work – he is 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 cast for The Cleaner includes 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).

Davies said he was 'thrilled' to working alongside the newly-revealed cast members.

"I'm thrilled that this remarkable collection of actors has agreed to appear next to me on screen," he said. "Scrubbing up blood in a hazmat suit in front of them will be a pleasure."

Shane Allen, commissioning controller for BBC Comedy added: "I 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."