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FremantleMedia takes No Offence

Paul AbbottFremantleMedia International has bagged rights to upcoming Channel 4 police procedural No Offence, which comes from Shameless creator Paul Abbott.

The show follows a close-knit policing unit in a tough part of Manchester, England, that are faced with a twisted serial killing spree.

Joanna Scanlon (The Thick of It), Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady), Colin Salmon (Arrow), Will Mellor (Broadchurch) and Paul Ritter (Friday Nigth Dinner) star.

FremantleMedia has taken rights from writer Abbott’s indie, AbbottVision, ahead of its UK debut later this year.

No Offence is like no other cop show I’ve seen before,” said FremantleMedia International CEO Jens Richter. “It’s gritty, gripping and at times, outrageous. Paul Abbott has created yet another fantastic series and we can’t wait to get it front of the buyers at MIPTV.”

No Offence takes the procedural genre on a completely different spin,” said Abbott. “It delivers precinct drama to the crime-addicted audience at a high metabolism. Being fearless and funny makes it a lot, lot more than your average cop show. And some.”

Read Paul Abbott’s take on writing No Offence in the debut issue of TBI Scripted magazine at MIPTV this month