Sunday June 7, 2020

TV Review: When the cops cause offence

Reviewed this week: No Offence, Channel 4. The C-Word, BBC One. Dark Secrets Of The Lusitania, RTE One. Lusitania: 18 Minutes That Changed The World, RTE One.

9th May, 2015
Joanna Scanlan as DI Vivienne Deering in No Offence (Channel 4)

There’s nothing bashful about No Offence (Channel 4). It’s a brash, rude, comedy cop show with, in the first episode, a serial killer targeting Down Syndrome girls and a script that would make Full Metal Jacket’s gunnery sergeant Hartman blush to the brim of his campaign hat. The title is deliberately ironic.

No Offence is from the imagination of Paul Abbott, creator of Shameless. It’s more a cop show with...

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