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Sunday 20 April 2014

New cop drama from Shameless scribe

Shameless writer Paul Abbott has a new Channel 4 police show in the pipeline

Shameless creator Paul Abbott has penned a comedy police drama for Channel 4.

The writer recently called time on his hugely successful Channel 4 series Shameless, starring David Threlfall as Frank Gallagher, about the dysfunctional residents of the Chatsworth estate.

His new drama No Offence will be set in a "crumbling Victorian cop shop on the wrong side of Manchester".

He said: "I'm a big fan of well-told cop shows and jet-black social comedy, and I wanted to see how explosively we could bang two genres' heads together. It's a tilted, hardcore blend of cop drama, family saga and social mayhem.'"

Channel 4 also announced a five-year partnership with Cancer Research UK for its fundraising event Stand Up To Cancer.

The event, hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen featured the likes of Cheryl Cole and Kylie Minogue and raised £8 million for Cancer Research UK last year.

Channel 4 will also be tackling a "political hot potato" in I Want A Council House, which will "document the reality of life'' for people on the waiting list for social housing.

The programme will follow the day-to-day lives of the workers tasked with implementing the system and the stories of the people they deal with.

The broadcaster will also screen a factual series My Last Summer, in which five terminally ill strangers "contemplate the reality of their own death'".

Commissioning editor Sara Ramsden said: "I believe our lives could be more fulfilled by bringing the understanding of our own mortality to centre stage."

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