Tonight sees the launch of the new season of Channel 4’s No Offence. The police comedy-drama created by Paul Abbott that is, basically, the best police show since The Wire.
I saw a preview of the opening episode at BAFTA earlier in the week. The new season opens as a mayoral election is taking place, with protests from an anti-Muslim activist group called Albion, and threats to candidates. Joanna Scanlan returns as Viv Deering who gets thrust into the public limelight over political policy to the police.
Regulars Elaine Cassidy, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, Saira Choudhry, Tom Varey and Alexandra Roach return with Claire Rushbrook as new Superintendent Marilyn Merchant and Neil Maskell as the leader and public face of Albion. Think Tommy Robinson…
The first episode is brilliant. And is probably as shocking as both previous series combined. And that’s the thing.
There is no way people are not going to talk about this on social media. You think The Bodyguard or Game Of Thrones were bad for that? That’s nothing compared to tonight’s No Offence.
Which means is you are not watching it as broadcast, watching it on Channel 4 +1 or later on All4, you may want to get off social media. And stop reading newspapers. And maybe block your ears as you walk down the street shouting ‘la la la’.
You have been warned…
No Offence is on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm. Here’s the trailer.