The third series of my absolute favourite cop series is back! The award-winning Manchester based, Channel 4 series NO OFFENCE returns with 6 brand new episodes.
The three fabulous women return, Deering (Joanna Scanlan), DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy) and DS Joy Freers (Alexandra Roach).
Paul Abbott says: “Series 3 is about the void left by political parties, clusters of ignorance streamlined into soldier ants. Whether it’s a real or perceived void doesn’t matter. Predators will always exploit a weakness. Viv Deering really earns her wages in making her voice heard to diverse cultural factions.”
Back by their sides in the crumbling cop-shop are the rest of the team: DC Spike Tanner (Will Mellor), Miller (Paul Ritter); and Jonah (Ste Johnston), Stuart (Tom Varey), Tegan (Saira Choudhry), Dr Peep (Kate O’Flynn) office manager Gavin (Conor MacNeill).
Swooping in to micromanage the Friday Street team is the sharp new Superintendent Marilyn Merchant (BAFTA-nominated Claire Rushbrook – My Mad Fat Diary, Home Fires, Whitechapel). They’re having to play smarter than ever to keep the lid on a city at fragile breaking point.
Mayoral hustings in Cinderly, an inner-city area of Manchester, is a tinderbox ready to ignite. Fuelling the chaos in the community is leader of the extreme Far Right group Albion, Dennis Caddy (Neil Maskell – Utopia, Humans, The Mimic), his outspoken girlfriend Bonnie (Tamara Lawrance – Cordelia, Ian McKellen’s King Lear CFT; Viola – Twelfth Night RNT) and his mouthy sister Faye (BAFTA Scotland-winning Sharon Rooney – My Mad Fat Diary, Two Doors Down, Brief Encounters).
The febrile atmosphere in Cinderly ignites as the mayoral candidate anti-establishment, local girl-done-good politician Caroline McCoy (Lisa McGrillis – Inspector George Gently, Mum, Hebburn) goes head to head for the high-stakes electoral ward, with woolly liberal Mayor Kashif Hassan (Ace Bhatti – Love, Lies And Records, EastEnders). In their midst is the master puppeteer, mercenary Far Right fanatic Ralph Beckett (Darren Connolly – Moorside, Peaky Blinders), forcing Viv and the team to fight toe to toe as he wages his war on both the cops and culturally-vulnerable targets – with devastating consequences.
Viv and Friday Street find themselves pawns in a political chess match, which is the last thing they need as incidents of hate crime soar in the city.
Clashing once more with the underworld and the upper brass alike, Viv’s never had it so tough and finds she must deploy every weapon in her arsenal to keep her team together and restore peace to a community wracked with political and xenophobic uncertainty.