No Offence is heading to France.
International distributor FremantleMedia International has sold Paul Abbott’s Channel 4 cop dramedy to French broadcaster France Télévisions, who will air the series on their channel France 2, TVWise has learned.
From Shameless creator Paul Abbott, 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, which has received an order for 8 episodes consisting of one 75 minute episode and seven 60 minute episodes, is produced by AbbottVision and features a large cast which includes Joanna Scanlan (Getting On), Alexandra Roach (The Thirteenth Tale), Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Colin Salmon (24: Live Another Day), Will Mellor (In The Club) and Paul Ritter (Vera). Channel 4 has already ordered a second season.
“No Offence pushes the boundaries on so many different levels, yet its compelling storytelling and characters you genuinely care about makes this addictive viewing”, said Jamie Lynn, FMI’s Head of Sales & Distribution for EMEA. “With a prestigious award already under its belt, and a second season already commissioned, we’re already getting huge interest with international buyers, so I’m really excited that France Television has come on board to bring No Offence to the widest possible audience in France.”
This marks the latest international licensing deal that FremantleMedia International has lined up for No Offence, after they initially launched the series to international buyers at MIPTV in April. The series has also been sold to ABC in Australia, NOP in the Netherlands, Hot in Israel, DR in Denmark and RUV in Iceland. Further deals are expected to be closed by the time MIPCOM wraps later this week.