Shameless creator Paul Abbott’s winning streak at Channel 4 continues. The broadcaster has renewed Abbott’s latest drama effort No Offence for an 8 episode second season, which is set to enter production in Manchester in early 2016.
No Offence is set in a crumbling cop shop on the wrong side of Manchester and tells the story of a group of police officers on the front line who go above and beyond to being the criminal element to justice. These officers test the biggest challenge yet when they discover that there is a serial killer on the loose. The series is produced by AbbottVision and star Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Elaine Cassidy, Colin Salmon, Will Mellor and Paul Ritter.
Channel 4’s decision to officially pull the trigger on the second season order (which has been in the works for quite some time) comes just ahead of tonight’s season one finale and after the show’s first season has been averaging an audience of 2.5 million viewers and 10.4% share; up some 47% on the channel’s 12 month slot-average.
The show’s second season, which is expected to air towards the end of next year, will see the team investigating a whole new case, involving warring crime families and will see Deering (Scanlan) come up against her toughest adversary yet – a woman who is pretty much her mirror image, in her brains, ingenuity and determination, except she’s on the other side of the law.
Series creator Paul Abbott is returning as head writer and will continue to lead the writing team, which also includes Paul Tomalin, Mark Greig and Jimmy Dowdall. Abbott will also continue to executive produce alongside Martin Carr. No Offence was recommissioned by Channel 4’s Head of Drama Piers Wenger and Commissioning Editors Roberto Troni and Beth Willis.
“No Offence is not just unlike any other cop show on TV, it’s unlike any other show on TV and we are delighted to announce its return next year”, said Piers Wenger. “Paul and the cast have set the bar high in terms of thrills, spills and belly laughs this year and we can’t wait to see where they go in series two.