Channel 4’s female-led cop show No Offence sees women directors take charge for series 2

Exclusive: Paul Abbott's comedy-drama sees women take the plum roles behind the camera too as it readies for a return later this year

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The second series of Channel 4’s female-led police comedy-drama No Offence has started shooting with three (count ‘em) women directors at the helm for various episodes, RadioTimes.com can reveal.

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One of them is Samira Radsi, who worked on the German Cold War spy drama Deutschland 83. She will direct episode five of the new series.

Radsi was a big fan of the Paul Abbott-scripted show which was snapped up by Germany’s ZDF Neo and says she’s “curious to see how the German audience reacts” to her new gig.

Episodes one and two are being directed by Catherine Morshead (Fungus The Bogeyman) with Sara O’Gorman (Stella, New Tricks) currently on her final week of filming episodes three and four. Two more directors for the final two episodes are still to be chosen.

The unorthodox crack team of gobby cops will be returning towards the end of the year with Joanna Scanlan reviving her role as DI Viv Deering on a show which has been praised for its strong female characters and unflinching portrayal of crime and violence.

Elaine Cassidy returns as DC Dinah Kowalska, with Alexandra Roach reprising the part of DS Joy Freers.

The other returning regulars include Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, Tom Varey, Neet Mohan, Ste Johnston, Kate O’Flynn and Saira Choudhry.

New faces Rakie Ayola, Conor MacNeill, Zachary Momoh, Charlie May-Clarke and Jody Latham are also on board.

Him & Her and Bad Education star Sarah Solemani is joining the show too, as the stern fast-tracked officer Detective Superintendent Christine Lickberg.

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No Offence is scheduled to return to Channel 4 towards the end of 2016