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A Touch of Cloth [DVD]


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  • Directors: Jim O'Hanlon
  • Writers: Charlie Brooker, Daniel Maier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0078Z9KG0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,042 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Charlie Brooker's "spoof of every British crime drama made in the last decade."

An all-encompassing parody of every police procedural ever written. John Hannah plays DCI Jack Cloth - a maverick, heavy drinking loner who has thrown himself into his work following the mysterious death of his wife. The damaged, haunted Cloth is teamed with plucky no-nonsense sidekick DC Anne Oldman, played by Suranne Jones. Together the pair investigate a series of increasingly grisly murders and find themselves on the trail of a devious killer. As you do. If you’re a detective. The case leads Cloth and Oldman from leafy forests to sinister lock-ups, from the luxury home of an arrogant TV chef to the cold dissection rooms of vampish forensic pathologist, packing in as many jokes as humanly possible along the way. Their boss repeatedly demands results, fast. No, faster than that. Faster! Slow down. Not that much. Hold it there. Yeah, precisely that fast…

Extras:
- The Making of A Touch of Cloth
- John Hannah Interview
- Suranne Jones Interview
- Charlie Brooker Interview
- The Writer’s Room

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If you're one of those who rolls their eyes whenever a new detective drama appears on the television, then you're clearly not alone. A Touch Of Cloth, boasting a screenplay co-written by Charlie Brooker, is a glorious send-up of the genre. There's clearly a lot of love and affection for it, too, and the ridiculing on offer here is pretty much first class.

What's more, there's actually an interesting case at the heart of it. A Touch Of Cloth centres around John Hannah's DCI Jack Cloth. He ticks the traditional boxes: he's heavy drinking, his wife has left him, and he's finding what solace he can in his work. He collects newspaper cuttings, too. Furthermore, he's got a new sidekick, DC Anne Oldman, played by Suranne Jones. This partnership have to get to the bottom of a case, but there's just as much fun keeping an eye out for all the jokes and the background gags that have been woven in.

The DVD joins in the fun, going behind the scenes of the show. There's a making-of piece, for instance, which might help you pick out a few more gags. Then there's a collection of interviews too, as well as a look into the writing process. It's not an exhaustive set, certainly, but what's there is suitably interesting.

A Touch Of Cloth is but the first adventure in a series for DCI Jack Cloth. By the time you get to the end of this one, chances are you'll already be keen to catch up with the next... --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Bane on 23 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
This DVD will not be collecting dust, because I can watch it repeatedly, still find the bits I know really well very funny and STILL spot things I've not previously noticed.

The cast play it straight, very much like Leslie Nielsen in the first Airplane movie, which just makes it even funnier. Goofy visual gags, witty wordplay, some slapstick - it's just all round good fun.

Some may find it infantile and a bit too silly; for me, quite simply, it never fails to raise a smile. I am looking forward to Touch of Cloth 2 and 3, which have both now been filmed!

Tremendous feelgood fun which can be viewed time and time again!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By MrTwaddle on 3 Sep 2012
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I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the funniest thing I've seen in years. I can't recommend it enough. Here's a sample gag:

"He'd been out shopping. This receipt indicates several purchases at a local pet shop."
"Any leads?"
"No, just some catnip and a flea-collar..."

If you've ever enjoyed anything like Airplane, Naked Gun, Police Squad et al, then you must see this. Really well observed parody of serious crime dramas, packed full of silly gags and great visual jokes - you'll need to watch it a few times as you'll miss lots.

All in all I think it's great to have this sort of comedy on TV again - makes a refrshing change from all the lame, peurile dross like Mrs Brown's Boys and The Inbetweeners. More please!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gamergirl12 on 28 Jun 2013
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Well scripted and brilliantly performed. Saw this on t.v. and could not wait for the DVD release. Something that our two teenagers wish to watch with us!! You have to watch it to get all the jokes as some are so subtle but hilarious. Really looking forward to the next one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Palmer on 17 April 2013
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Absolutely brilliant-can't wait to buy some more, love the murder aftermath scene with the police investigators; 'this is the first time that he's been found dead so totally out of character'!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Moira Paterson on 11 Sep 2013
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Great spoof of all the cop shows we love. Belly laughs galore with super performances from John Hannah and Suranne Jones. Make sure you watch what is going on in the background - replay!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michelle dempsey on 19 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Absolutely Fanblimentastic and I could not recommend it more highly - this is the funniest craziest DVD I've watched in a long time. Absolutely brilliant! A bit gory but brilliant! The one problem I would say is that I am laughing so much at one funny moment that I miss the next one! We also rewound so many parts just to see them and laugh again. John Hannah is superb as is his sidekick 'Anne Oldman' (a pun in itself!) and the support cast all add to make it a most fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable watch. Can't wait for the new ones to come out in September :)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Jenkinson on 25 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
This is hilarious. What makes me laugh most about this is the use of DCI Jack Cloth's surname.

"The fact is that bodies keep washing up"
"Whatever"
"WASHING UP CLOTH!"

and

"Thanks to you the entire department is losing face Cloth"

I seriously cant wait for the next installment of the funniest thing thats been on TV in years. So much dry humour, DRY CLOTH!
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ross on 28 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
"I haven't laughed since my wife died."
"Why did you laugh when your wife died?"

This is a parody that's been made to look as a dark, gritty detective crime thriller. I found myself laughing so hard at some of the jokes that I had to rewind for the subsequent ones that I missed afterwards.

All the actors play their parts brilliantly, very deadpan and serious. Think of it like a modern British version of The Naked Gun.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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