No Offence: Series 1

3 discs. 381+ min. Catherine Morshead & others, dist. by Acorn TV, acorn.tv. 2018. DVD UPC 054961267194. $49.99. SDH subtitles. F/TV
It may come as no surprise to first-time viewers of this British miniseries that it was developed by Shameless (UK) writer Paul Abbott. With Manchester, England, as its shabby, urban setting, an ensemble cast of misfits, irreverent bordering on offensive topical story lines, and a darkly humorous script, the comedy/drama has many of the same hallmarks of Abbott's other work. In this iteration, rough-and-ready Manchester Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Viv Deering (Joanna Scanlan) heads a team of equally unconventional officers who often generate as many problems as they resolve. In Season 1 of the ongoing series, which premiered in 2015, the men and women of the fictional Friday Street precinct take on black market organ transplants, neo-Nazis, drug factories, and racially motivated arson as well as office romance and promotion insecurities while scrambling to identify a serial killer before he strikes again.
VERDICT This smartly written police procedural with its cast of quirky main and supporting characters is a cut above standard genre fare.

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