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Irish Crew Begin Production On Charlie Brooker Comedy ‘Cloth Undercover’
22 Aug 2012 : By Eva Hall
Ruairí O’Brien
Irish director Jim O’Hanlon and cinematographer Ruairí O’Brien have begun production on Charlie Brooker comedy ‘Cloth Undercover’, the follow up to the Sky One pilot ‘A Touch of Cloth’, which airs this Sunday.

Producers are making two episodes of the Sky One show, the second and third films in Brooker's series following this Sunday's pilot.

Both Irishmen have begun production on the third film with the shoot expected to last five weeks in total. Both are returning crew members having worked on the pilot episode last year. The two additional episodes are expected to air in 2013.

The premise of the show is a police-spoof setting, with John Hannah (The Mummy, Spartacus: Blood and Sand) and Suranne Jones (Coronation Street, Scott & Bailey) starring. The episodes were ordered by head of comedy Lucy Lumsden, who also ordered both series’ of Chris O’Dowd’s ‘Moone Boy’. O’Brien also worked on series one of ‘Moone Boy’.

Brooker wrote the script, with Endemol-owned production company Zeppotron producing. Both Brooker and Annabel Jones are executive producers.

O’Brien's work was recently seen on BBC series ‘Line of Duty’, which received record ratings for BBC Two when it aired last month. The five-part drama has just been bought by video-on-demand service Hulu to air to a US audience. A second series of the police corruption drama has been commissioned by BBC.

O'Brien's credits also include Liam Neeson thriller ‘Five Minutes of Heaven’, for which he received the Best Director of Photography nomination at the 2010 IFTA Awards, and ‘The Fall’, which recently wrapped filming in Belfast.

O’Hanlon’s credits include the TV mini-series’ ‘Emma’ and ‘The Deep’, as well as ‘Wild at Heart’ and ‘Shameless’.

A 90-minute episode of ‘A Touch of Cloth’ will air on Sky One this Sunday (August 26), with the following two episodes of ‘Cloth Undercover’ due to air in 2013. The series has also been commissioned to be developed into a two-hour feature film.

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