Cleaning Up’s finale was watched by more than four million people – but many viewers have criticised the ITV drama for its “unrealistic” plot and “irresponsible” portrayal of gambling addiction.
The series starred Sheridan Smith as a struggling single mother and cleaner with a gambling addiction, who resorts to trading inside information to keep her family afloat.
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Its final episode saw Smith’s character Sam avoid getting caught, successfully dob in her rivals and pay off her debts. But for many who had stuck with the show since the beginning, the storyline had become too “unconvincing”…
And the award for the most unrealistic series ever goes to… #CleaningUp
— Darren Haywood (@darren_haywood) February 13, 2019
Viewers were especially bemused by how little time Sam had to get herself out of the mess she had created…
#cleaningup She's got 50 minutes to find £50k, find somewhere to live, Pay the lodger back his money & quit gambling……
— Renu begum (@RenubegumUK) February 13, 2019
And some criticised the drama for its “irresponsible” portrayal of gambling addiction…
I’m sorry to any people out there with gambling addictions who might have thought that this programme might help make people understand in any way when the ending on #CleaningUp is them all winning in the end and we know in real life that is not the ending addicts tend to have.
— Amanda smith (@Anonamandamous) February 13, 2019
However, there was still support for the show on Twitter, with Paul Chuckle of Chuckle Brothers fame among Cleaning Up’s fans…
— Paul Chuckle (@PaulChuckle2) February 13, 2019
While Cleaning Up’s finale certainly sets up the show for an intriguing second series, ITV has not yet made a decision on whether to renew the drama.
This article was originally published on 14 February 2019