Friday, 26 August 2011

Sky developing crime spoof A TOUCH OF CLOTH

Friday, 26 August 2011
Charlie Brooker (Dead Set) and Daniel Maier (Harry Hill's TV Burp) have joined forced to write a two-hour crime drama spoof called A Touch Of Cloth for Sky.

The one-off spoof will star John Hannah (Spartacus) as "maverick, heavy drinking loner" DCI Jack Cloth, Suranne Jones (Unforgiven) as his "plucky no-nonsense" partner DC Anne Oldman, and Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing) as their boss Tom Boss.

Charlie Brooker, co-writer:

"After you've seen A Touch of Cloth you'll never be able to watch another detective show again. Not because it's a devastating piss take, but because you'll have smashed your TV into pieces in a disappointed fury."
Daniel Maier, co-writer:

"It's like Airplane! for a detective series except for not being Police Squad."
The parody will see Cloth and Oldman trying to catch a devious serial killer who leaves a trail of increasingly grisly murders. Co-stars include Daisy Beaumont as forensic pathology Natasha Sachet, Navin Chowdhry as DC Asap Qureshi, Adrian Bower as DC Des Hairhan, Raquel Cassidy as Claire Hawkchurch and Theo Barklem-Biggs as Darren Crossway.

Annabel Jones, Executive Producer for Zeppotron:

"Having tackled zombies in Dead Set, A Touch Of Cloth is a very funny and reliably corpse-strewn homage to the best of British cop shows. We're delighted to have such a wonderful cast and such a great detective in John Hannah, who we're sure will get to the bottom of things. But not too quickly, or the final 15 minutes will consist of awkward whistling."
A Touch Of Cloth is part of Sky's commitment to original British content, which it's aiming to increase an investment in by 50% over three years, meaning it'll be spending £600m a year by 2014. Recent efforts towards this goal have included Mad Dogs, Thorne, Flying Monsters 3D, Trollied and Mount Pleasant.