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Series cast summary:
John Hannah ...  DI Jack Cloth / ... 7 episodes, 2012-2014
Suranne Jones ...  DI Anne Oldman / ... 7 episodes, 2012-2014
Navin Chowdhry ...  DC Asap Qureshi 6 episodes, 2012-2014
Adrian Bower ...  DC Des Hairihan 6 episodes, 2012-2014
Julian Rhind-Tutt ...  ACC Tom Boss 6 episodes, 2012-2014
Daisy Beaumont ...  Dr. Natasha Sachet 6 episodes, 2012-2014
Todd Carty ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2012-2013
Karen Gillan ...  Kerry Newblood 2 episodes, 2014
Tony Pitts ...  Bullock 2 episodes, 2013
Montserrat Lombard ...  Blue 2 episodes, 2014
Callum Dixon ...  Tumbler 2 episodes, 2013
Guy Flanagan Guy Flanagan ...  Animal 2 episodes, 2013
Anna Chancellor ...  Hope Goodgirl 2 episodes, 2013
Marc Small Marc Small ...  Chugger 2 episodes, 2013
Joanna Roth Joanna Roth ...  Deborah Something 2 episodes, 2014
Kate Fleetwood ...  Kate Cloth 2 episodes, 2012
Elizabeth Bromby Elizabeth Bromby ...  PC Cardboard Cutout 2 episodes, 2012
Raquel Cassidy ...  Clare Hawkchurch 2 episodes, 2012
Ben Bishop ...  Twitch 2 episodes, 2013
Adrian Dunbar ...  Damien Vull 2 episodes, 2014
Barbara Drennan ...  Jill 2 episodes, 2014
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ...  Andy Preacherman 2 episodes, 2012
Theo Barklem-Biggs ...  Darren Crossway 2 episodes, 2012
Brian Peck ...  Albert Stafford 2 episodes, 2012
Jeany Spark ...  Gemma 2 episodes, 2012
Adam Tandy ...  Robin Stork 2 episodes, 2012-2013
Stephen Dillane ...  Macratty 2 episodes, 2013
Katarina Cas ...  Katya 2 episodes, 2013
Elliot Levey ...  Aiden Hawkchurch 2 episodes, 2012
Emma Campbell-Jones ...  Gavina Duntish 2 episodes, 2012
Tommy Vine Tommy Vine ...  Nigel 2 episodes, 2013
Adam Englander Adam Englander ...  Tiger 2 episodes, 2013
Laura Swift ...  Oldman Double 2 episodes, 2012
Jessie Morell 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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English

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26 August 2012 (UK) See more »

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Pusztító páros See more »

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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 gh0ti-2See 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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