No Offence gets third series

Thursday 6th July 2017, 6:03pm

No Offence. Image shows from L to R: D.I. Vivienne Deering (Joanna Scanlan), D.S. Joy Freers (Alexandra Roach), D.C. Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy). Copyright: AbbottVision

No Offence, Paul Abbott's critically-acclaimed comedy drama will be back for a third series.

Channel 4 has ordered a new run of the police procedural series, set around the fictional Friday Street police station in Manchester, to be broadcast in 2018.

Joanna Scanlan stars in the gritty comedy as Detective Inspector Vivienne Deering, with Alexandra Roach as right-hand woman Joy Freers.

Elaine Cassidy and Will Mellor play Detective Constables Dinah and Spike, whilst the rest of the cast includes Sarah Solemani, Paul Ritter, Saira Choudhry, Tom Varey and Neet Mohan.

They say: "The series kicks off with the attempted assassination of a local politician by a new Far Right group - an attack which has devastating consequences for the Friday Street team. There's no time for tears, though, as not only is the maniac still on the loose but the politicos are turning the situation to their advantage. Viv and Friday Street find themselves pawns in a political chess match, which is the last thing they need as incidents of hate crime soar in the city. Viv's never had it to tough and finds she must deploy every weapon in her arsenal to keep her team together and restore peace to a community wracked with political and xenophobic uncertainty."

Series 1 saw the Friday Street team on the hunt for a killer apparently targeting young women with Down's Syndrome; whilst Series 2 saw a gangland war almost breaking out on the city's streets.

Paul Abbott will continue to write on the series, as well as Paul Tomalin, Jimmy Dowdall and Caleb Ranson.

Beth Willis, Head of Drama at Channel 4, says: "They're back! I'm counting the days until this joy of a show is back on Channel 4. I cannot wait to see what Paul and his crack team of writers put D.I. Deering and the Friday Street cops through next."

Paul Abbott, creator and writer, says; "It's a privilege to dive back into the very British chaos of Inspector Viv Deering and her No Offence police family. I think we've struck a great deal with our audience. They expect nothing but the tilted best and we're truly honoured to serve. Chucking wicked humour at grim reality is a great cocktail for digesting the real world and pretending to make sense of it. Sleeves up! We're off again."

The second series of No Offence was broadcast in January and February 2017, outperforming Channel 4's slot average for its Wednesday evening broadcasts by +19% for volume and +14% for share.

No Offence Series 1 and 2 are now both available to buy on DVD.

No Offence - Series One & Two

The complete first and second series of No Offence, Channel 4's sometimes chilling crime comedy drama.

First released: Monday 20th March 2017

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