Suranne Jones is in a tricky position. Not only does the actor star in Sally Wainwright's ITV police procedural drama Scott & Bailey, she also takes the lead in Charlie Brooker's gag-filled cop comedy A Touch of Cloth – which, Jones admits, parodies shows just like Scott & Bailey.
Speaking at a BFI screening for series three of Sky1's A Touch of Cloth last night, Jones said that the writers watch various crime dramas in order to collect material – a source, apparently, of some mild ribbing on set.
"I remember one day I was off at a rehearsal and when I came back they said, 'we have just been watching Scott & Bailey to take the p**s out of it!"
Director Jim O’Hanlon then cheekily chipped in: "We got loads of material!"
A Touch of Cloth centres around tortured, alcoholic detective Jack Cloth (John Hannah) and his partner, Jones's Ann Oldman (pronounced 'An old man'). Written by Brooker and Daniel Maier, it's delivered in the dead-pan style of Leslie Nielsen's '80s film Airplane!, barraging the viewer with sight gags, plays on words and deconstruction of crime drama cliches. Series three, which sees Cloth trying to solve the murder of his brother, also features ex-Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan as a rookie called – what else? – Kerry Newblood.