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…

Series three of No Offence begins filming, Sharon Rooney joins cast

The third series of Paul Abbott‘s award-winning Channel 4 series No Offence has started shooting on location in Manchester. Series three of this sometimes brilliant drama with comedic overtones will be back on Channel 4 next year and welcomes back the fabulous Joanna Scanlan as DI Viv Deerling. Read on for more.

No Offence hires Deutschland 83 director for season two

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…

Harrogate Dispatches #1: Paul Abbott announces second series of State Of Play

I’ve just got back from another terrific weekend at the annual Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the famous The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. (Yes, the very hotel where Agatha Christie was ‘discovered’ after her disappearance in 1926.) This year’s chair – the acclaimed best-selling novelist and inspiration for TV series Vera and…

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…

Interview: Paul Abbott, No Offence

Tonight (Tuesday 5th May) one of the country’s best writers is back with a new series on Channel 4, this time set in the realms of the police force. No Offence features a team of coppers who do battle with drug labs, arsonists, neo-Nazis and notorious murderers. The team is led by the dizzyingly capable but…

Filming begins on Paul Abbott’s No Offence

For my money, 2003’s State Of Play was one of the best home-grown dramas of the Noughties. John Simm, David Morrissey, Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, James McAvoy revelled in a noirish story of political corruption, journalism and mystery. It launched the career of Paul Abbott – who then went onto create Shameless – and now…