I enjoyed No Offence when it premiered on Channel 4 last year for many reasons, but one of them was the force of nature that was DI Viv Deering. Paul Abbott, who writes female characters very well, did it again with Deering, and Joanna Scanlon was terrific as the matriarchal copper. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a fun, interesting watch and the good news is that series two is on its way, with new cast members to boot.
The unorthodox crack team of gobby cops all return at full-throttle, headed up by the warrior-like DI Viv Deering, (Joanna Scanlan), impulsive and street-smart DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy) and neurotic DS Joy Freers (Alexandra Roach). At their sides in the crumbling Friday Street cop-shop are: unshakeable DC Spike (Will Mellor), Miller (Paul Ritter), PC Stuart (Tom Varey), PC Taz (Neet Mohan), PC Jonah (Ste Johnston) and the force of nature that is PC Tegan (Saira Choudhry), who all go above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done. Joining the team this season is the stern bigwig, fast tracker new boss, Detective Superintendent Christine Lickberg (Sarah Solemani) and office manager Gavin (Conor MacNeill) – loved by the guys and hated by the girls on the team.
We’re told that this will be the main crux of the plot:
In an explosive start to the new series, Deering meets her opposite and equal in the charismatic Nora Attah (Rakie Ayola – Holby City, Dredd), matriarch of one of Manchester’s most feared crime families – The Attahs. Her volatile son Manni (Zachary Momoh – To Kill A Mockingbird) is her chief lieutenant. Viv is determined to broker peace, but after Nora unexpectedly orders a hit on the leader of a rival gang, Viv uncovers the true extent of her opponent’s empire. As retaliatory firebombs rain down, Viv and the Friday Street squad go all out to bring those responsible to justice and the battle for the streets of Manchester begins…
Paul Abbott says: “No Offence is a joy to come back to. The world seems a much safer place set against the organised chaos of inspector Viv Deering’s world. With the limited resources at her disposal in a community shredded by gang crime, Viv’s mantra for her staff: The least you can do for me is your very best.” And they will.
Further casting includes: Patrick Bergin as gangster supremo Earl Kennedy; Jody Latham, Charlie May-Clarke, Keith Dunphy, Orla O’Rourke, Chook Sibtain and Zac Sutcliffe as the terrifying teen killer Kim Garvey.
Series two of No Offence is slated for broadcast in the autumn.