I have a habit of stumbling across fantastic television shows on the ABC and No Offence is the latest unexpected delight. I’m both pleased and relieved to hear a second season has been commissioned because I couldn’t stop thinking about the conclusion to this dark and utterly compelling crime drama.
Set in Manchester, No Offence follows a group of detectives and police officers as they attempt to solve a series of particularly gruesome killings. As well as this overarching, season-long mystery, each individual episode has the officers facing everything from drug manufacturing, black market organ transplants, slavery and murder.
It’s hard not to compare Cuffs and No Offence. They’re both similarly gritty British crime dramas and I watched them together as they aired during the same period on Australian television. In contrast to Cuffs, it was the cast of No Offence I fell for immediately while the mystery didn’t immediately convince me I needed to keep watching. I was pleased to see the three leading detectives were women and loved the way Viv (Joanna Scanlan), Dinah (Elaine Cassidy) and Joy (Alexandra Roach) worked together. I’m excited to see where they go in season two, especially after the final few minutes of the season one finale. But the general interplay between all characters was brilliant and really hinted at a lot of depth which I’m hoping will be revealed as the show progresses.
No Offence is a crime drama with guts. It doesn’t shy away from tough cases and it certainly doesn’t hide the flaws of its characters. Although the characters are definitely at the heart of No Offence, there is more than enough mystery to keep every viewer on their toes. Bring on season two!