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Paul Abbott: ‘I don’t think you need damage to be a good writer but you have more experience of extremities'

15 April 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Paul Abbott’s brilliant new series No Offence is a ‘comedy for a crime-addicted audience’. He talks to Simon Hattenstone about writing Shameless, his family and his battle with bipolar disorder

Paul Abbott is in danger of having created a new character every bit as monstrous as Shameless’s Frank Gallagher, and he is so excited that the words can’t tumble out fast enough. Detective inspector Vivienne Deering (played by Joanna Scanlan from The Thick of It) is not shy of squirting vaginal deodorant in public meetings, occasionally confuses it with her mouth spray, takes the longest (singing) pisses in TV history, will do anything to protect herself, is pretty good at looking after others too, and is not to be messed with. No Offence is the first original UK TV series Abbott has written in more than a decade.

He has been working in television for 30 years, and »

- Simon Hattenstone

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