A Touch of Cloth, Charlie Brooker’s spoof of “every British crime drama made in the last decade”, was an instant classic when it stormed the Sky 1 comedy landscape in 2012. Watching the first series immediately brought back memories of the early 80’s and the Zucker brothers’ brilliant Police Squad TV series which starred Leslie Nielsen and spoofed every police procedural series known to man. Ultimately, the series spawned the ridiculously successful Naked Gun film series.
Sky 1’s A Touch of Cloth stars John Hannah as DCI Jack Cloth, a heavy drinking loner who has thrown himself into his work following the mysterious death of his wife. The severely damaged Cloth is teamed with no-nonsense sidekick DC Anne Oldman (get it?), played by Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey). Together, the pair investigate a series of increasingly grisly murders and find themselves on the trail of a devious killer, which is what you do, if you’re a detective.
Written by Charlie Brooker and Dan Maier, A Touch of Cloth: Undercover Cloth has DCI Cloth continuing his struggles to hold himself together while solving grisly murders and suffering from the death of his wife when the series returns, Sunday 25th August at 9pm on Sky1.
A Touch of Cloth 2 trailer
While there are no immediate broadcast plans in the U.S. as of yet, I think it won’t be long before a public television possibility is on the table. Interested?