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University graduates' new drama premieres on ITV

Graduates from the University of Gloucestershire have been revealed as key names in a new ITV series.

Mark Marlow and Lewis Arnold developed the new drama, Cleaning Up, with production company Sister Pictures.

Media School graduate Mr Marlow did the writing and fellow graduate Mr Arnold the directing on the six-part series

The story centres around office cleaner and struggling mother Sam, played by BAFTA-winning actress Sheridan Smith, who realises she has access to lucrative stock market information, which if used correctly could be the answer to all her prayers.

Mr Lewis, who graduated from the university in 2007 with a first class honours degree in video production, has previously directed Broadchurch, Humans and Misfits.

He regularly returns to the university's media school as a guest lecturer on the film production course.

Mr Arnold said: "It has been such an incredible experience to be involved in this show from so early on in its development, as I immediately fell in love with the world and characters Mark had created.

"I really enjoyed the challenge of bringing it all to life on screen, alongside the brilliant team at Sister Pictures."

Jane Featherstone, executive producer at Sister Pictures, said: "It's such a pleasure to be making a show for ITV about contemporary Britain with a strong and complicated female lead character.

"It's also enormously gratifying that this comes from an exceptional brand new voice, Mark, and a brilliant up-and-coming director, Lewis Arnold. Expect it to be moving, funny and surprising."

'Cleaning Up' will air in six parts, the first episode aired on Wednesday 9 January, at 9pm on ITV.

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