Hit Channel 4 series No Offence is returning to our screens next year, and it’s been confirmed that filming is now underway in Manchester on the new run of episodes.
The series will be led by Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy and Alexandra Roach once again, with Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, Saira Choudhry, Ste Johnson, Claire Rushbrook and Tom Varey also in the ensemble.
Paul Abbot, who created the show, has written the six new episodes, and the synopsis for the new series reads as follows:
Mayoral hustings in Cinderly, an inner-city area of Manchester, is a tinderbox ready to ignite following race riots kicked off by an arson attack on a mosque. 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 Karim 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.
Filming is set to continue until the end of March.