It’s extra-funny that he was totally right though.


The Copper Beeches GifSetWish for the-wandering-wanderer


"I’m not laughing. I haven’t laughed since my wife died."

"Why did you laugh when your wife died?"

A Touch of Cloth is Charlie Brooker’s “spoof of every British crime drama made in the last decade”, which packs more spot-on parody, visual gags and groan-inducing puns into the first five minutes of each episode than most comedies manage in an entire series. It’s both excellent and underrated.

It stars John Hannah as DCI Jack Cloth and Suranne Jones as DC Anne Oldman, along with regulars and guest-stars including Julian Rhind-Tutt, Navin Chowdhry, Adrian Bower, Daisy Beaumont, Todd Carty, Anna Chancellor, Stephen Dillane, Karen Gillan.

There have been three two-episode series and I think you’ll all love it. If that winning argument hasn’t convinced you yet, check out this trailer for the first series or even better this awesome chase sequence.

In my quest to spread it’s spoof-tastic joy I’ve uploaded all six episodes to Mega, so they are available to download here [x]. Enjoy!

Granada Holmes Fans


yo hey if you post/reblog/ENJOY the Granada Holmes, Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Edward Hardwicke, ANYTHING OF THE SORT, reblog/like this so I can find some Granada Holmes fans to follow!


The one and only Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.

Part 4 in the “Rarer Sherlock Holmes” series - this time, it’s a time-travelling version, with a cryogenically frozen Holmes, an American Watson, and a ‘modern-day’ take : Sherlock Holmes Returns

A message from thecoppercow
Ok, that's just freaky - I was watching the episode of Miss Marple that Rupert Graves appears in (great ep) and got to wondering about that unwritten rule that nearly all british actors have done Marple, Poirot or Taggart. So, I came to your blog to check if Wilby had ever done Agatha Christie.... and you've posted a gifset right there. Spoooooky :D
A reply from exponential63

Hello! And apologies for yet another delayed reply… :/ 

Note: The three gifsets thecoppercow mentions – of James Wilby in Poirot S10 (2010), ‘Third Girl’, all by cumberbabemistressofjameswilby – start here (7 Aug 2014 on my blog).

The cornucopia of recent great James posts has focused my attention on just how many of the long-running British TV series (Masterpiece Mystery and beyond) he’s appeared in – while the list in which both James and Rupert have appeared over the years (separately, sadly – not together) is so staggering it makes my head spin.

Of the three series you mention, Rupert has appeared only in Marple. But – did you know – James has appeared in: Granada Holmes, The Bill (S1!), Silent Witness, Foyle’s War, Marple, Inspector Lewis, Poirot, Midsomer Murders, New Tricks, Ripper Street, Law & Order: UK, and Endeavour. 

Rupert’s list goes: Inspector Morse, Spooks, Ashes to Ashes, Waking the Dead, Marple, Wallander, Inspector Lewis, Law & Order: UK, New Tricks, Doctor Who.

(I’ve confined my lists to their credits in series designed/intended as long-running/returning, with the emphasis on crime and mystery.)

 I’d love to make a future comparative post on this! But a pictorial version could take a lot of work…


Granada Holmes : The Dancing Men (1984)

They are unbelievably cute together

“The Bruce-Partington Plans”, dramatised by Bert Coules, 1994.

“The Bruce-Partington Plans”, dramatised by Bert Coules, 1994.