DCI Jack Cloth and DC Anne Oldman are paired to investigate a series of grisly murders done by a devious killer.
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 DI Jack Cloth / ... (7 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 DI Anne Oldman / ... (7 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 DC Asap Qureshi (6 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 DC Des Hairihan (6 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 ACC Tom Boss (6 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 Dr. Natasha Sachet (6 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Kerry Newblood (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Bullock (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Blue (2 episodes, 2014)
Callum Dixon ...
 Tumbler (2 episodes, 2013)
Guy Flanagan ...
 Animal (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Hope Goodgirl (2 episodes, 2013)
Marc Small ...
 Chugger (2 episodes, 2013)
Joanna Roth ...
 Deborah Something (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Kate Cloth (2 episodes, 2012)
Elizabeth Bromby ...
 PC Cardboard Cutout (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Clare Hawkchurch (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Twitch (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Damien Vull (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Jill (2 episodes, 2014)
Geoffrey McGivern ...
 Andy Preacherman (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Darren Crossway (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Albert Stafford (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Gemma (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Robin Stork (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Macratty (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Katya (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Aiden Hawkchurch (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Gavina Duntish (2 episodes, 2012)
Tommy Vine ...
 Nigel (2 episodes, 2013)
Adam Englander ...
 Tiger (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Oldman Double (2 episodes, 2012)
Jessie Morell ...
 Ivy Branch (2 episodes, 2014)
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DCI Jack Cloth and DC Anne Oldman are paired to investigate a series of grisly murders done by a devious killer.

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The title is a parody of A Touch of Frost (1992). "Touching cloth" is a slang description of being in dire need to defecate and the faeces is in contact with underwear. See more »

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Best spoof since The Naked Gun?
28 August 2012 | by (Newbury, England) – See all my reviews

Procedural police shows finally get the parody they have been long asking for in this occasionally hilarious and frequently amusing offering from Charlie Brooker. Cloth, the eponymous protagonist, portrayed with a knowing degree of over-acting by the fabulous John Hannah, is that favourite genre trope: a damaged, veteran officer, called in to resolve the 100th annual murder on the unfortunately named Rundowne Estate.

Wordplay and smart exchanges between the chief characters abounds as Cloth and his "Modern Lesbian" DC, Anne Oldman (say it out loud), pun their way through a series of grisly murder scenes. Ably assisting the satire are a slew of other familiar faces portraying similarly cookie-out characters, most memorably Julian Rhind-Tutt as the authoritarian, disapproving Boss.

Where A Touch of Cloth distinguishes itself from other, less effective parodies is that no aspect of the gritty Crime drama TV is safe from its mocking barbs. Direction, sound-editing and pacing are subtly (and, on occasion, not so subtly) exposed to criticism. Cameras follow characters as they do pointless circuits around rooms, mulling over exposition, scenes of violence are repeatedly and unnecessarily revisited with the same sound effects repeating themselves over and over again.

However, in one respect A Touch of Cloth does let itself and its otherwise highly intelligent script down, and that is the sexual humour. While not averse to the odd sex-related gag, and fully aware that this is the 21st Century, these felt out of place and really did not add anything to what is otherwise the finest spoof of procedural police dramas since The Naked Gun.


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