'A Touch Of Cloth' star John Hannah: 'I'm bored of cop shows'
John Hannah has insisted that he is not worried about spoofing cop shows in Sky1's A Touch of Cloth.
The comedy - penned by Charlie Brooker - stars Hannah as tortured DI Jack Cloth and Suranne Jones as his partner DC Anne Oldman.
"I'm pretty bored - probably more bored than most of the audience - with procedural cop shows," the Scottish actor told Digital Spy. "And doctor shows which are really cop shows, but they're talking about diseases rather than killers or bank robbers.
"It's all the same procedural dullness. [This series] is actually what needs to be done, so it was a no-brainer."
A Touch of Cloth creator Brooker added that it was always "very much" his intention to cast actors whom fans of UK crime drama might recognise.
"Part of the joke is that if you switched it on and just stumbled into it - and maybe the sound was off - you'd think you were watching the real deal," the writer explained.
"With John Hannah and Suranne Jones at the core, you've got two very credible actors who you would associate with blue-chip drama."
A Touch of Cloth debuts on Sky1 on Sunday, August 26 at 9pm. Two follow-up instalments have been ordered, with Doctor Who star Karen Gillan cast in the third edition.
Source: Digital Spy
John Hannah's hard core homecoming
John Hannah has admitted how much he enjoyed being back with "serious hard core Jocks" making his latest film in Scotland.
The star of Spartacus and Four Weddings And A Funeral stars in hard-hitting drama The Wee Man, based on the life of real-life former Scottish gangster Paul Ferris.
John said: "It's a gangster film but not in the mould of a British gangster film with Cockneys. It's a period piece. I thought it was a good script, I hadn't done anything in Scotland for a long time.
"It was kind of cool to be back with a whole bunch of serious hard core Jocks, y'know?"
The Scottish actor - who has starred in detective shows McCallum and Cold Blood - next appears with Suranne Jones in Charlie Brooker's spoof cop show A Touch Of Cloth.
"Before I read the script my thought was, 'Oh... another detective show...' but I got the script and it was just a hoot," he said.
"It was quite tricky not to laugh sometimes because we were doing stuff which was just so insane.
"There was a bit with Suranne where we look at each other and it goes on a bit too long, turning into one of those moments where you're like, 'Are we going to kiss?' That was quite hard."
A Touch Of Cloth begins on Sky Atlantic on Sunday, August 26.