Channel 4 cop drama No Offence has devastated viewers by killing off a major character in the opening scene of its third series.
**Warning: this article contains spoilers for No Offence series 3 episode 1**
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In the first few minutes of the new series, which debuted on Thursday night, fans of the show were forced to say goodbye to Alexandra Roach’s beloved DS Joy Freers.
Joy died in the line of duty during a dramatic assassination attempt at Manchester’s mayoral hustings – she was shot by the gunman as he fled the scene and later died on the way to hospital.
And it’s fair to say viewers were not feeling very joyful about it…
— Lucyy (@lucygeorginaa) September 13, 2018
— No Offence (@NoOffence___) September 14, 2018
OMG! They killed Joy!! #NoOffence
— T (@TravDerrick) September 13, 2018
#NoOffence Joy. Didn't see that coming. ????
— Alison (@alison1010) September 13, 2018
— Lynn (@lynnalexandria) September 14, 2018
So upset at Joy’s death. She’d grown so much over the first two series. Feel her character had so much more to offer. #NoOffence
— Emma (@Emmalouh501) September 13, 2018
So why did Joy have to die? Writer Paul Abbott told RadioTimes.com in a recent interview: “Essentially it’s because the actress wanted to leave. We decided it was better to kill her than just to let her go off somewhere.”
Roach thanked the No Offence crew for an “incredible few years”.
— Alexandra Roach (@alexandraroach1) September 13, 2018
From Bodyguard (contains more spoilers) to No Offence, it’s been a bloody week in drama.