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Cast announced as filming begins


Joanna Scanlan (Getting On) and Colin Salmon (Arrow) are amongst the cast announced for new Channel 4 police procedural drama, No Offence.

Written and created by Paul Abbott (Shameless, State of Play), and his production company AbbottVision, the eight-part series follows a mix of tough but big-hearted bobbies who go above and beyond to bring down the criminal rabble in a crumbling cop-shop.

Alexandra Roach (Utopia), Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Will Mellor (Dates) and Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner) join Scanlan and Salmon to star as the unorthodox crack team of cops

Drug labs, arsonists, neo-Nazis and notorious murderers are all in a day’s work for this close-knit team, led by the dizzyingly capable but unquestionably unhinged DI Vivienne Deering (Scanlan).  But when a particularly twisted serial killer emerges it leaves even the most hardened of these seasoned coppers reeling.

Flanked by her right-hand women – the compassionate but impulsive DC Dinah Kowalska (Cassidy) and the recently (surprisingly) promoted DS Joy Freers (Roach) – Deering and her team must crack this case by whatever unconventional means possible.  Because amidst all the assorted low life; the pimps, the petty thieves, and downright nasty bastards they’ve dealt with, this will be their most disturbing case yet, one that will touch their lives in ways they could never expect.

Paul Abbott says: “No Offence is a precinct cop drama. It’s also one of the funniest things I’ve ever been allowed to put together. It doesn’t look like anything else. No Offence’s cake mix is as bipolar as they get – it lurches from jet black laugh-out-loud, into fragile material on the turn of a sixpence. Writing three strong female leads is one thing. Writing women that men would choose as leaders has been particularly satisfying.”

Executive Producers are Paul Abbott and Martin Carr; Director for the first block is David Kerr (Inside No.9), Director second block Catherine Morshead (Ashes To Ashes).

No Offence is currently filming on location in Manchester for transmission in 2015 beginning with a 75 minute opening episode followed by 60 minute episodes thereafter.