The award-winning detective comedy sees DI Jack Cloth (John Hannah) and DC Anne Oldman (Suranne Jones) reunited as Cloth goes undercover. The City of Town is being menaced by a vicious gang of armed robbers. After one brutal robbery in which Todd Carty (Todd Carty) is savagely murdered, Cloth assumes the identity of a hardened criminal to gain access to the gang and its twisted leader MacRatty (Stephen Dillane). Meanwhile Oldman is being wooed by Hope Goodgirl (Anna Chancellor), a charismatic and openly bisexual politician hoping to be elected Mayor of Town. In a thrill-packed finale, will Cloth and Oldman defy Goodgirlâs homicidal tendencies by defusing the bomb and bringing the evil-doers to book? Or will Cloth end up falling abruptly and bizarrely in love with his wifeâs murderer, Tom Boss (Julian Rhind-Tutt) and walking off with him, hand-in-hand, into the sunset? Or both?
The first "A Touch of Cloth" was hysterically funny. It instantly became my favorite police spoof. I was so excited when I learned that a second and third series were available.
Alas, this second one just didn't do it for me. It felt like there were fewer jokes, and a great percentage of those jokes were duds. In the first film, the jokes and visual gags flew by so fast you'd miss them if you blinked. In this one, it felt like the same gag would go on for hours.
The cast was game, but the writers and director let them down. I'm hoping that the third one returns to form.