Sarah Solemani joins No Offence Series 2
Series two of Paul Abbott‘s RTS award-winning Channel 4 drama No Offence has begun filming.
The seven-part series sees Sarah Solemani (Him & Her) join the cast as the stern bigwig, fast tracker new boss, Detective Superintendent Christine Lickberg, alongside Conor MacNeill (Whole Lotta Sole) who plays office manager Gavin – who is loved by the guys and hated by the girls on the team.
They join original cast of the unorthodox team of gobby cops headed up by Joanna Scanlan‘s Spartacus warrior DI Viv Deering, impulsive and street-smart DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy – The Paradise) and neurotic DS Joy Freers (Alexandra Roach – The Huntsman: Winter’s War). Also returning is Will Mellor (In The Club) as DC Spike, Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner) as Miller, Tom Varey (The Village) as PC Stuart, Neet Mohan (Fresh Meat) as the calm PC Taz, Ste Johnston (Fungus The Bogeyman) returns as the mischievous PC Jonah, and Saira Choudhry (Hollyoaks) the force of nature that is PC Tegan.
Paul Abbott says: “No Offence is a joy to come back to. The world seems a much safer place set against the organised chaos of inspector Viv Deering’s world. With the limited resources at her disposal in a community shredded by gang crime, Viv’s mantra for her staff: ‘The least you can do for me is your very best.’ And they will. Series two will build on the celebration of teamwork in the British workplace. Against all odds and underfunding, Deering steers her humble team to high achievements.”
In an explosive start to the new series, Deering meets her opposite and equal in the charismatic Nora Attah (Rakie Ayola – Holby City), matriarch of one of Manchester’s most feared crime families – The Attahs. Her volatile son Manni (Zachary Momoh – To Kill A Mockingbird) is her chief lieutenant. Viv is determined to broker peace, but after Nora unexpectedly orders a hit on the leader of a rival gang, Viv uncovers the true extent of her opponent’s empire. As retaliatory firebombs rain down, Viv and the Friday Street squad go all out to bring those responsible to justice and the battle for the streets of Manchester begins…
Further casting includes: Patrick Bergin (Patriot Games) as gangster supremo Earl Kennedy; Jody Latham (Shameless), Charlie May-Clarke (South Riding), Keith Dunphy (The Hollow Crown), Orla O’Rourke (Calvary), Chook Sibtain (The Sarah Jane Adventures) and Zac Sutcliffe (Grimsby) as the terrifying teen killer Kim Garvey.
No Offence is written and created by Paul Abbott, it is produced by his company AbbottVision. Filming takes place on location in Manchester for broadcast on Channel 4 in Autumn 2016.