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Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

All Episodes 2016 - 2017

  • 2018-12-19T20:00:00+00:00s at 2018-12-19T20:00:00+00:00 on Channel 4
  • 2013-02-13T00:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 2 days, 2 hours, 0 mins
  • Home And Garden
Linda Dykes is a compulsive cleaner from North Wales. She loves cleaning so much she's set up her own cleaning agency. Linda believes that compulsive cleaners have a special set of skills that could change the habits of the nation, and so she's teaming up with other obsessive cleaners to help clean Britain's dirty homes and filthy public spaces. Each week these compulsive cleaners are carefully matched with someone whose home is in dire need of a major 'spring clean'.

53 episodes

Special 1 Country House Cleaners (1)

  • 2016-05-18T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Can a group of obsessive cleaners rescue some country homes from grime and clutter?

Special 2 Country House Cleaners (2)

  • 2016-05-25T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Two diagnosed OCD cleaners head for Forcett Hall, North Yorkshire, where James and Alison's plans to start a B&B are being hindered by junk, unruly vines, and bird poo in the bathroom sink.

Special 3 Country House Cleaners (3)

  • 2016-06-01T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Glen from Watford and Caren from Manchester travel to the west of Ireland to help Ursula shift the mess and clutter from the upper floors of Tarbert House

1x01 Richard & Christopher, Michele & Richard

  • Series Premiere

    2013-02-14T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Linda's first recruit is 31-year-old Richard Searle, who is obsessed with order, organisation and tidiness. Richard is paired with Christopher Sylvester, a retired antiques dealer whose stone Victorian cottage is overrun with collectibles and bric-a-brac. Linda also recruits germaphobe Michele Murray, who sets off to help Richard Pugh: he hasn't cleaned his flat since he moved in four years ago. And Linda and her cleaning gang head to Leatherhead to help The Pitstop, a drop-in centre for the vulnerable and the homeless.

1x02 Denise & Frank, Adam & Helen

  • 2013-02-21T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Mark can spend an hour a day just getting the pleats in his curtains to hang symmetrically. He visits hoarder Julie Arkwright in Lancashire. Also joining the team is 29-year-old Cheyza Burch, from Cambridge, who travels to Oxfordshire to help shopaholic Amanda Clark. And the team clean a swimming pool in Derbyshire.

1x03 Mark & Julie, Cheyza & Amanda

  • 2013-02-28T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Linda's first recruit is 31-year-old Richard Searle, who is obsessed with order, organisation and tidiness. Richard is paired with Christopher Sylvester, a retired antiques dealer whose stone Victorian cottage is overrun with collectibles and bric-a-brac. Linda also recruits germaphobe Michele Murray, who sets off to help Richard Pugh: he hasn't cleaned his flat since he moved in four years ago. And Linda and her cleaning gang head to Leatherhead to help The Pitstop, a drop-in centre for the vulnerable and the homeless.

The compulsive cleaners are carefully matched with someone whose home is in dire need of a major spring clean. In this edition, 27-year-old OCD sufferer Hayley heads to Plumstead to help library assistant Shereen, who last cleaned her flat a year ago. And 44-year-old estate agent Penny heads to the two-bed home of Paul and Elaine from Surrey. Paul is a self-confessed shopaholic who collects Star Trek memorabilia in the belief it will be his kids' inheritance, but Elaine is worried their home is turning into a death trap with so much clutter.

1x05 Cynthia & Daphne

  • 2013-03-14T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Watch this episode now on 4oD Fifty-eight-year-old former opera singer Cynthia, who has a life-long fear of germs and bacteria, helps 75-year-old Daphne from Gloucestershire, who's lost control of the clutter in the cottage she's lived in for the last 46 years. Linda Dykes and the clean team head to Allesley Park in Coventry to tackle a dog poo problem.

1x06 James & Jodi, Kristy, Kay & Dilip

  • 2013-03-21T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

James helps mum-of-two Jodi, while Kristy, whose nickname is Dettol queen, helps de-clutter the home of Kay and Dillip, and has a revelation about her own cleaning obsession while she does. And the Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners team tackle a park in Tower Hamlets suffering from graffiti and fly tipping.

2x01 Lesley, Tuesday & Sonia and Vinny & Robin

  • Season Premiere

    2013-10-30T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Among the cleaners this time are OCD-diagnosed mother and daughter Lesley and Tuesday, from Bridgend, who live a germ and clutter-free existence.

2x02 Jade & Deborah and Lynsey & Scott

  • 2013-11-06T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Jade from Cornwall meets Deborah from Dunstable and Deborah's six goats. And clutter bug and amateur inventor Scott locks horns with self-confessed control freak Lynsey in Blackpool.

Sarah from Bedfordshire visits brothers Andy and Mikk in their unruly junkyard-home in Coventry. And Ben heads to Guildford to help Gerri with her upcycling problem.

Richard from Hastings bleaches and cleans his fridge at least four times a week. He attempts to help dog minder Linda, from Brentwood, Essex, who can have up to ten dogs in her home at any one time. Louise, from Wiltshire, cleans her sink around eighteen times a day and travels to Swindon to help Michelle, who is a hoarder.

Louise who spends up to thirty hours each week cleaning her house travels to Portsmouth to help Tim who only gives his kitchen a clean at Easter and Christmas. Victoria meets Lesley, who hasn't given her three bedroom flat a proper clean in nearly nineteen years.

2x06 Glen & David and Zahra & Jo

  • 2013-12-04T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Glen spends around thirteen hours each week cleaning his one bedroom flat. He attempts to help David whose collections include around 300,000 books, ten African masks, a strait jacket, three parachutes, 25 military uniforms and a range of magician's props. Zahra vacuums eight times a day and makes her way to Bridgend to help Jo who admits she needs assistance to de-clutter her home.

2x07 Sarah & Louise and Adam & Lara

  • 2013-12-11T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Sarah from Ely, has so much clutter that she has filled sheds, a gazebo and much of her house with her hoard. OCD diagnosed Louise, from Cambridgeshire attempts to help her. Adam from Essex, spends three hours a day cleaning his flat and attempts to help Lara, from Rochester, Kent, whose home hasn't had a proper clean in 12 years.

2x08 Alison & Dusty and Helen & Janet

  • 2013-12-19T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Alison, from Stamworth, Lincolnshire was diagnosed with OCD six years ago and spends more than 30 hours a week keeping her five bedroom home spotless. She makes her way to Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, to help Dusty Rhodes. Helen, from East Sussex attempts to help Janet, from Luton, whose passion for haberdashery has taken over the house.

3x01 Claire & Charlie and Andy & Ian

  • Season Premiere

    2014-10-08T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

London hairdresser Claire, who spends 22 hours a week keeping her one-bedroom flat immaculate, helps out 67-year-old ex-binman Charlie from Hemel Hempstead, who's down to his last clean teaspoon. Andy from Leicester, who likes to clean things in even numbers, meets keen historian and collector Ian, from Colchester, whose two-bedroom house is home to 300 troll dolls.

3x02 Gemma & Jim and Angie & Brian

  • 2014-10-15T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gemma, from Hertfordshire, cleans for 12 hours a week to keep her two-bed house immaculate, going through two vacuum cleaners a year. Gemma meets Jim, a father of two from Kent, whose love of car boot fairs has left him with a hoard of over10 tonnes of things, including a lot of women's clothing - collected because of Jim's other hobby, cross dressing. The second volunteer is Angie, from Hampshire, who mops the floor of her three bedroom bungalow in Hampshire, on her knees, twice a day. Angie meets widower Brian at his house in Kent, which is also an owl sanctuary and home to 37 owls. Brian's traditional view of cleaning being 'woman's work' is set to be challenged by Angie, if she can overcome her bird phobia first.

3x03 Caren & Linda and Jamie & Mick

  • 2014-10-22T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Caren, from Warrington, cleans for at least four hours a day and her cat is only allowed outside on a lead. Caren meets Linda and her son Matt, who have being living amongst grime for nine years and have out-of-date food from the 1990s. The second volunteer is OCD-diagnosed Jamie, from Somerset, who can't stand any form of clutter, uses so much bleach it burns his eyes and must check the door 16 times before he leaves home. Jamie meets Mick, from North London, who lives in a one bed flat filled with clutter and grime. But getting Mick to let go of his precious belongings is not going to be straightforward.

Claire can't abide dirt and won't use her cooker to cook. She meets Sue and Roger, two pensioners from Hertfordshire who once lived the rock and roll lifestyle and are now swamped by clutter. Lynne from Luton takes an old-school approach to cleaning. She visits the home of self-confessed bachelor boys Mark and Karl, two football loving buddies who haven't cleaned their house in over 15 years.

The first cleaning volunteer is 23-year-old council worker Dann, from Nottingham. Dann replaces his loo seat once a month and regularly bathes his cats in flea treatment. Dann helps out Charlotte and Dom, from Portsmouth, who haven't cleaned their flat in a year. The second volunteer is Angela, from Nottingham, who gets through three bottles of bleach a week. Angela meets Lorraine, from Scarborough, who hasn't cleaned her kitchen for two years. And OCD-diagnosed Alison takes on Helen to see who has the most spotless kitchen cupboards.

3x06 Amanda & Janine and Mark & Avril

  • 2014-11-12T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Amanda from Essex not only works 60 hours a week, but the 31-year-old also spends 20 hours a week on housework. Amanda meets Janine, also from Essex, who is a bit of a hoarder. Full time industrial cleaner Mark, from Leicester, spends more than 80 hours a week cleaning at work and home and has an obsession for colour coordination. He meets 58-year-old unemployed bargain hunter Avril, in Chiswick.

Andy from Reigate, who weeds his patio daily, helps Hayley, who hasn't cleaned her microwave since the 90s. And garden designer Charlie helps Antoinette in Dorset with her clutter.

3x08 Kerry & Vikki and Tina & Mike

  • 2014-11-27T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Glamour model Kerry from Essex helps fellow Essex mum Vikki, whose toilet hasn't been cleaned in four years. And Tina from Slough helps Mike from Ipswich with his junk-filled home.

3x09 Christmas Special

  • 2014-12-03T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Lynsey, Mark and Amanda show how to make for a tidier, cleaner Yuletide, with good Christmas card management, evenly spaced festive decorations and a bacteria-free Christmas tree

4x01 Top-Y-Fron Hal

  • Season Premiere

    2015-07-01T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Cleaners Vinny, who spends £600 a month on cleaning products, and OCD-diagnosed Denise, who cleans her house for up to eight hours a day, visit the Grade II listed 18th century Georgian country house Top-Y-Fron Hall, home to Tiggy and her cat Toby.

4x02 Plas Teg

  • 2015-07-08T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Cleaners Hayley and Dann visit Plas Teg, a haunted Grade I listed 17th century Jacobean manor in north Wales, which is home to Cornelia and her 12 cats and some grime

4x03 Episode 3

  • 2015-07-15T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Cleaners Ben and Lynsey help Colin Peck declutter his listed Georgian spread in Derry, Northern Ireland, that's overwhelmed with rubbish

4x04 Episode 4

  • 2015-07-22T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

In Ireland, retired civil engineer Michael Keaney's splendid home has never been dusted and is full of antiques and stacks of family photos. Can two obsessive cleaners reclaim it?

5x01 Carly & Nesta and Rob & Soo

  • Season Premiere

    2015-09-02T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

OCD-diagnosed Carly spends up to seven hours a day cleaning her two bedroom flat. She Nesta from Staffordshire, who allows animals the run of her house. Rob cleans his house up to 30 times a day and attempts to help widow Soo and her son Joe, who have amassed a collection of charity shop bargains.

Medical scientist Kris spends over 22 hours a week keeping his three bedroom home in Wakefield germ free and he attempts to help single mum Edwina and her teenage daughter Natalie in Derby who haven't deep cleaned their house since they moved in nearly a ten years ago. TOCD diagnosed 41-year-old beauty therapist Fiona from Bedford attempts to help married couple Jenny and Paul in Surrey, whose three bedroom house has become overwhelmed with clothes, toys and games.

5x03 Gemma & Annia and Dai & Michelle

  • 2015-09-23T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gemma, who makes her Chihuahuas wear boots indoors, helps single mum Annia, a self-confessed hoarder in Norwich. And Dai meets Michelle and her menagerie.

5x04 Tracey & Kerry and Shelly & Lee

  • 2015-09-30T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Yorkshire-based bank employee Tracey rises at 5am each day to start her cleaning routine. She travels to Norfolk to help charity worker Kerry, who lives in a three bedroom house with a family of foster dogs from Romania. Plus, full-time mum Shelley comes to the aid of amateur inventor Lee, who has filled his house with items collected from back streets and skips

6x01 Tom & Gareth and Louise & Paula

  • Season Premiere

    2016-03-16T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Tom visits Gareth, whose home hasn't been cleaned in 20 years. And Louise meets Paula in her chaotic Wokingham home.

6x02 Lauren & Sarah and Emma & John

  • 2016-03-23T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Lauren from Dunstable helps Sarah sort through ten years of unused toys, clothes and out-of-date food, while germophobe Emma visits John in his cluttered Peak District home.

6x03 Mick, Dave, Les and Hayley

  • 2016-03-30T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The first volunteer is specialist crime scene cleaner Mick, who not only cleans up after murders and suicides, but also spends up to four hours a day keeping his one bedroom flat spic and span. Mick helps Rosemary and Julian with their cluttered and chaotic home in Northamptonshire. Professional motorbike cleaner Dave, from Surrey, spends up to three hours a day keeping his one bedroom flat immaculate. Straight lines are very important to Dave, so he straightens his towels and curtains regularly. Dave meets hoarder Les, who lives with a mountain of car boot purchases and junk in the West Midlands. And Hayley and the team clean some microwaves.

The first cleaner is Croatian-born Natasha, who loves to look for dirt in hidden places and makes sure every inch of her home is perfect. Natasha meets Suzanne to help clean her chaotic two-bedroomed home, which has become overrun with mountains of jigsaws. The second volunteer cleaner is Vijay, who hates clutter and has five vacuum cleaners. Vijay meets jewellery maker Poly in north London in a one bedroomed flat which she hasn't cleaned in years. And Hayley and the team clean out some disgusting cupboards.

6x05 Sandra & Karl and Maxine & Dianne

  • 2016-04-13T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The first cleaner is cafe owner Sandra, who hates dirt and germs so much that she forbids outside clothes to be worn indoors. Sandra helps Karl, who lives an alternative lifestyle on a boat in Norfolk with his dog Cooper. With a stinking toilet and a galley filled with mouldy pans, Sandra faces the biggest cleaning job of her life. The second volunteer cleaner is Maxine, who hates clutter and spends up to four hours each day keeping her home looking pristine. Maxine meets retired librarian Dianne, who lives in a house in Norwich which she hasn't cleaned in three years. Dianne's kitchen is so bad, she eats breakfast in a cafe opposite. And Hayley and her fellow cleaners tackle some disgusting showers.

7x01 Tapeley Park, Devon

  • Season Premiere

    2016-05-18T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Behind the ornate front doors of some of Britain's most spectacular homes lie years of neglect and grime. The owners are struggling to maintain their houses without help from domestic staff, who have long since departed. Often, a vast ancestral hoard of clutter going back several generations dominates the house, collecting yet more grime. Entire wings are uninhabitable and home owners find it impossible to let go of treasured possessions that have been in their families for generations. Could a group of obsessive cleaners rescue these grand mansions from housekeeping hell and add some polish to their faded grandeur? In Obsessive Compulsive Country House Cleaners, obsessive cleaners work with the home owners over five days to help restore the houses to their former glory.

7x02 Forcett Hall, North Yorkshire

  • 2016-05-25T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The British Isles is world famous for its spectacular stately homes. Brimming with centuries of history, they are legacies of a bygone era. But behind some of the grandest front doors lie years of neglect and decades of dust. Obsessive Compulsive Country House Cleaners finds out what happens when ancestral ways of living encounter obsessive compulsive cleaners. The owners, proud custodians of their family heritage, are struggling to maintain their homes without the help of the domestic staff who have long since departed. Swamped by the sheer scale of the problem, they struggle to part with everything from family heirlooms to broken junk.

7x03 Tarbert House, Ireland

  • 2016-06-01T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

This time the cleaners tackle Tarbert House, a Georgian manor on the banks of the River Shannon in the west of Ireland. Home to the Leslie family for 300 years, the current custodian is 83-year-old Ursula. While the main rooms on the ground floor retain their original splendour, the upper two floors - where Charlotte Bronte, Lord Kitchener and Winston Churchill once stayed - are little more than a dumping ground, with landings piled high with family clutter, hidden treasures and a derelict children's dormitory crammed with mattresses, toys and even a box of moss. Glen from Watford and Caren from Manchester stay with Ursula to help separate the treasures from the trash, in a bid to transform the upper floors for a grand heritage evening.

8x01 Tina and Mark and Patrick

  • Season Premiere

    2017-04-19T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

In this new series, obsessive cleaners Tina and Mark fly from Britain to Texas to do battle with Patrick's countryside ranch, which is infested with clutter, cobwebs and dog poo.

8x02 Hayley and Kris

  • 2017-04-26T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

In this episode, Hayley and Kris visit a retired academic Professor Widdecombe in Vermont, who hasn't properly cleaned his nine bedroom historic property for a decade. The home is covered in cobwebs and cat hair, and each room is over-stuffed with possessions.

8x03 Sandra and Carly

  • 2017-05-03T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Obsessive cleaners Sandra and Carly travel to a small town in Virginia in the United States to tackle the overwhelming clutter and junk in the two homes of ex-builder Will.

8x04 Caren and Dave

  • 2017-05-10T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Obsessive cleaners Caren and Dave head to the north west of the US to take on the clutter-filled house of single mum Britta. Compulsive shopper Britta lives in the town of Everett in Washington State, in a three-bedroom bungalow which was once a welcoming home. As life got on top of Britta, the state of the house deteriorated - with each room packed with bargain buys and leftover food scraps and dog poo stains all over the carpet. Will this supersized cleaning job prove doable, or simply too much?

9x01 Guynd, Scotland

  • Season Premiere

    2017-10-19T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Obsessive cleaners Hayley and Dann head to a mansion in north-east Scotland to clear out the chainsaws, newspapers and mouse droppings.

9x02 Brithdir Hall, Wales

  • 2017-10-26T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The cleaners head for the Welsh hills and Brithdir Hall, a 16th-century, Grade II-listed mansion with a loo which hasn't been cleaned in years. Can the place be spruced up in a week?

9x03 Poundisford Lodge, Somerset

  • 2017-11-02T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The cleaners head for a 16th century manor in Somerset, where an acclaimed writer of ghost stories needs help with clearing out some of her junk