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I hope you've got a strong stomach. It's like a crime scene in here.
A spoof of dark, overwrought crime shows, written by Charlie Brooker for Sky1. The first two-parter was broadcast in August 2012, but more were ordered even before transmission. Imagine The Naked Gun or Airplane!, but instead aimed at dark crime dramas like Luther or Messiah (along with most crime shows on TV) and you are heading very much in the right direction. Very silly and very funny.Detective Inspector Jack Cloth (John Hannah) and DC Anne Oldman (Suranne Jones) investigate a series of grisly murders in the City of Town.
This work contains examples of the following, which it generally spoofs mercilessly:
Chekhov's Gun: Towards the start of Series 2, before Jack even gets involved in the case, Tom Boss briefly mentions a pound of heroin that's gone missing from the police station. Jack is later seen giving it to Macratty to gain his trust, and when the obvious Plot Hole of how he obtained itis brought up, Jack insists that he doesn't need to follow the laws of continuity...and to prove it, his beard briefly disappears then reappears in the next shot.
Discriminate and Switch: Cloth asks a black boy on a bike where to find Crossbo, and the boy answers in what appears to be heavily accented, broken English: "Dat dere yute club." Then it turns out that the name of the place he directed to him is literally "Datdere Yute Club". note "Opened by Baron Peregrine Datdere-Yute, 2002"
If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: To get Jack to prove he isn't a cop, Macratty gives him a gun and tells him to shoot Twitch. Jack pulls the trigger, but the gun isn't loaded. Macratty's is, however.
Averted in-universe again in Series 2; a big deal is made of the fact that the bank robbers shot the owl. Why the bank has an owl is Hand Waved but it's implied to be for security purposes.
No Fourth Wall: One character comments that they've been told to make their way to a crime scene during the ad break. They don't entirely know what that means. We then go to an ad break.
No Kill Like Overkill: Throughout the second part of Season 2. First Tumbler is crushed by a bulldozer, then Twitch is shot twelve times by Macratty, then to top it all off, Hope Goodgirl is crushed by a falling piece of the telethon set and explodes into Ludicrous Gibs.
Noodle Incident: Amongst others, the other four times when Cloth's action resulted in the deaths of everyone in an entire building.
Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Tom Boss gets shot twice my Macratty, then three more times. He lives, while other characters are killed with a single bullet.
Obviously Evil: Played with in Flash Back with Boss asking Oldman to help lick the blood off his sword and explaining the motive for his killing spree.
It becomes a full-on Beard of Sorrow in the sequel.
Perp Sweating: Of the feed-the-blood-of-the-victim-to-the-suspect variety.
Plot Hole: In episode 2 of series 2: When the team are searching the abandoned lockup, they are surprised to meet Todd Carty. For the remainder of the episode however, he has inexplicably become a Police Officer, and joined the investigation.
Source Music: Averted; the tense drumbeats during a chase scene are actually provided by a handy percussion group who happen to be nearby. They even take dramatic pauses at suspiciously apropos moments.
Viewers Are Geniuses: Boss refers to a suspect that he insists on having locked up "as innocent as Derek Bentley". Bentley, one of the last people to be hanged in the United Kingdom, was famously convicted under "Joint Enterprise" for the murder of a police officer since the person who actually pulled the trigger was a minor and therefore couldn't be punished.
Visual Pun: "You might want to take a look at this".