Channel 4 confirms transmission date for No Offence

Paul Abbott’s No Offence is one of the more engaging British crime dramas out there, and we’ve known for a while that series three was imminent. Now we know when it’s going to start. DI Viv Deering (Joanna Scanlan) and the Friday Street team face off against their most formidable antagonist yet: the far-right. The…

Channel 4 confirms No Offence series two transmission date

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…

Review: No Offence (S1 E3/8), Tuesday 19th May, Channel 4

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…

Review: No Offence (S1 E2/8), Tuesday 12th May, Channel 4

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…

Review: No Offence (S1 E1/8), Tuesday 5th May, Channel 4

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…

Review: The Mysterious Death Of Jane Austen (E1/5), Radio 4, Monday 24th February

Tucked away in the final quarter of Women’s Hour this morning (Monday 24th February) was the first 15-minute episode of a five-part drama that supposed something that, if ever proven correct, would send shockwaves through the literary and cultural worlds – that one of Britain’s favourite and most enduring novelists, Jane Austen, died at the hands…