Cleaning Up viewers outraged as Sheridan Smith’s character Sam gets away with fraud and that ‘crime shouldn’t pay’

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THE finale of ITV’s Cleaning Up aired tonight and fans have slammed the unrealistic ending and warned it promotes gambling and crime.

Viewers watching shared their opinions on Twitter and blasted the show starring Sheridan Smith after her character Sam gets away with everything – and seems set on breaking the law in the future.

Sheridan Smith stars in Cleaning Up
Viewers of the show were disappointed with the ending of the six-part series
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The tense finale had viewers on the edge of their sofas as it seemed as if Sam’s world was about to come crashing in.

After several close run ins with those she owed money to, a sad realisation that her husband wanted to proceed with their divorce, the finale quickly changed tack and Sam managed to get away with everything.

Sam, played by Smith, was depicted as having a major gambling problem but ended up getting away with insider trading, and starting up her own business at the end of the series.

One fan summed up the finale by tweeting: “#CleaningUp is such a good show, but what a f**king sh*t message… gamble/lie your way out of trouble, and things will be alright.”

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Sheridan Smith stars in Cleaning Up
The series ended with Sheridan Smith getting away with all her crimes and setting up a business
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At the end Sam finishes by calling up firms to help set up her own business
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Cleaning Up on ITV
Sam was crushed when her husband Dave revealed he wanted to push on with their divorce
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Another wrote: “The character lied, stole money, cheated, broke the law, was addicted to gambling and the continued to break the law in the future!! This has totally trivialised the devastation of being addicted to gambling. What a ridiculous and poor programme.”

One user joked: “Whadda y’know? Crime does pay!”

One added: “So I feel like this isn’t sending a great message about gambling addiction.. It’s almost saying; if you keep gambling it’ll pay off in the end?? Certainly not.”

Viewers branded the finale of the drama a “huge disappointment” after she got away with everything and managed to easily knock her gambling addiction on its head.

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In Cleaning Up finale Sam managed to wrangle the stocks to make lots of money
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The finale took lots of twists and turns when it was revealed one of the characters was a double agent
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Sheridan Smith stars in Cleaning Up
Fans of the show fumed that Sam got away with too much and beat her gambling addiction
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The six-part drama saw Sheridan as office cleaner Sam, whose life takes a much darker and unlikely turn when she becomes involved in insider trading.

Sheridan recently said of her character: “If we’ve done our job right, the audience will be torn between what they think of her. They will be frustrated that she’s doing the wrong things, and it is a big moral dilemma. But it was fun to play that.”


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