No Offence is a British police drama series written for television and created by BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter Paul Abbott, who is also responsible for the creation of shows like Shameless and the BBC's State of Play. The series revolves around the detectives from the Friday Street police station, which is a division of the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police. The female lead role of Detective Inspector Viv Deering is played by Joanna Scanlan, the award-winning English actress who also played in acclaimed series and movies like The Thick of It and Girl With a Pearl Earring. No Offence has received several award nominations since the premiere of its first season in 2015, including a BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series. The series was also the recipient of the Best Foreign Fiction award at the French Festival de la Fiction TV de La Rochelle.