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.
Paul Abbott’s award-winning cop show, No Offence, is about to start filming its second series, and the show has hired a director who has gained critical acclaim for a show that has also appeared on Channel 4. The fifth episode of the seven-part series two is to be directed by Deutschland 83’s Samira Radsi – her first British drama project. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
It’s not often a wedding cake is decorated with a swastika, but then it’s not often the bridegroom is nicked on suspicion of a murderous racist arson attack at his wedding reception. DI Deering doesn’t hesitate to take a bite out of the fascist fondant before bringing proceedings to a halt, and suspect Jimmy Webb has a poor alibi – he says he was on his stag do, and too pissed to carry out the attack. Continue reading
After a hugely enjoyable first episode and the introduction of some endearing, fearsome coppers, we were onto the second story of this eight-part, Paul Abbott series. I’ve read some reviews around the place that suggest that No Offence doesn’t know what it is quite supposed to be – on the one hand there’s incendiary comedy, and on the other hand there’s some traditional procedural stuff. Some argue that it’s neither one thing nor the other – too light to be a crime drama; too dark to be a comedy. I would say that at the moment the balance is just about right, and it’s precisely because of the dark humour that marks out the show as something refreshing, certainly in a procedural genre that sometimes disappears up its own behind. Let’s see how episode two goes. Continue reading
There’s no doubt that Paul Abbott is one of the country’s best writers, and he’s had previous when it’s come to crime drama. He created the exceptional State Of Play (still one of the very best after all this time), US series Touching Evil and the transgender hitman series Hit & Miss. But he’s perhaps best known for the long-running Shameless, which showcased all his best-known characteristics – warmth, vibrancy, bawdy, rough humour and Hadron-amounts of kinetic energy. His new series, No Offence, managed to meld together everything he’s ever done before. Continue reading