Julian Barrat shoots action parody

With Peter Serafinowicz

Julian Barratt has joined Peter Serafinowicz in a TV counter-terrorism spoof.

The pair have been shooting a double episode of NTSF:SD:SUV for America’s Adult Swim channel in London this week.

An acronym for National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle, the procedural parody was created by Paul Scheer, who also directs and stars as agent Trent Hauser.

In the special UK episode, Barratt star guests as a British cop named Lockheed. His character is part of London's STSF:UK:DDB (Socialist Terrorism Strike Force: UK: Double Decker Bus), which joins forces with its American counterparts 'to solve a kidnapping and assassination plot [and] finally bring peace to San Diego and Britain'.

Serafinowicz, who previously voiced the team's robot S.A.M. will play another, yet-to-be-revealed character in the episode, while former Dr Who star Karen Gillan reprises her role as Daisy, a Q-like quartermaster for the US team.

Anthony Head, Kelly Brook, Saskia Reeves and James Bond's Colin Salmon will also appear, joining a regular cast that includes former Star Trek actor Kate Mulgrew and ex-Daily Show correspondent and marine Rob Riggle.

Shooting on the 30-minute film, which will air this summer as part of NTSF:SD:SUV's third season, took place in Parliament Square on Monday and other London locations, including The Tate Modern.

Barratt's next role is in Sightseers director Ben Wheatley's A Field In England, the English Civil War-set horror starring Reece Shearsmith and Michael Smiley. The film will be released simultaneously on July 5 in cinemas, on DVD, video on demand and screened on Film 4 it was announced yesterday.

- by Jay Richardson

Published: 9 May 2013

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