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
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