Channel 4’s No Offence was one of the hits of 2014, thanks largely to two main components: writer and creator Paul Abbott’s unwavering skill in, well, writing (especially dialogue); and Joanna Scanlon’s fantastic turn as force of nature DI Viv Deering. After the personal devastation at the end of series one, series two now looms on the horizon, and we now know when it’s going to be playing out.
The good news is that DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy), DS Joy Freers (Alexandra Roach), DC Spike (Will Mellor), Miller (Paul Ritter), PC Stuart (Tom Varey), PC Taz (Neet Mohan), PC Jonah (Ste Johnston) and PC Tegan (Saira Choudhry) all return for the second series.
Joining the team this season is the younger, hyper aspirational new boss, Detective Superintendent Christine Lickberg (Sarah Solemani) and office manager Gavin (Conor MacNeill).
In an explosive start to the second series, Deering is thrust head to head against a ferocious and unpredictable matriarch, Nora Attah (Rakie Ayola) and her volatile son Manni (Zachary Momoh), one of Manchester’s most feared crime families – The Attahs. Viv is determined to broker peace but firebombs rain down thrusting the city back to the dark days of its “Gunchester” past. Viv and the Friday Street squad go all out to bring those responsible to justice and the battle for the streets of Manchester begins…
And all the while a tsunami of extraordinary crimes come crashing in through the door of Friday Street each and every episode. Fraudulent crematorium owners, budgie stealing teenagers crying wolf, fake paramedics, pedophile hunters and vigilante dads… and this only scratches the surface of the dark, surreal world of Manchester’s criminal underbelly which the team negotiate time and again.
A day in the life of our Friday Street cops promises a unique mix of warmth, humour, bonkers energy and heart through their frequently bizarre adventures – and watching our team get through promises not only thrilling cases cracked by a brilliant group of professionals, but the emotional ups and downs of a dysfunctional and memorable crime fighting family.
No Offence 2: Wednesday 4th January, 9pm, Channel 4
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