Shameless creator Paul Abbott’s police drama No Offence – first look

An exclusive sneak peek at the first trailer for the new Channel 4 drama starring Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach and Will Mellor

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Paul Abbott’s first major UK drama since the smash hit Shameless will soon be upon us.

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And here’s an exclusive sneak peek at the show, which stars The Thick of It’s Joanna Scanlan as the head of a unit of unorthodox coppers working out of a crumbling police station in Manchester.

Scanlan plays Inspector Vivienne Deering, the station’s sharp, hard-nosed boss. With DC Dinah Kowalski (The Paradise’s Elaine Cassidy) and DC Joy Freers (The Iron Lady and Utopia actress Alexandra Roach) the three women lead a motley troupe of embattled police officers who seek (and often fail) to uphold the law on their crime-ridden patch.

Colin Salmon (Arrow, 24: Live Another Day), Will Mellor (Dates, Broadchurch) and Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner, Vera) play rank and file officers in the eight-part drama.

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.”

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The eight 60-minute episodes of No Offence will kick off on Channel 4 later this year.