Leicestershire, 30 April 2015 – Aerial photography from Bluesky is set to feature in a brand new Channel 4 police drama No Offence. The highly detailed aerial images are used by an unorthodox crack team of detectives who are investigating a particularly twisted serial killer. Featuring in a scene where the police are trying to determine where the killer takes his victims, the digital photography allows the investigating team to progressively zoom into the location as they discuss the case.
Described as a precinct police comedy drama, Paul Abbott’s No Offence is set in a crumbling Victorian police station on the ‘wrong’ side of Manchester. The eight part series features a host of stars playing a committed team of cops who go above and beyond the call of duty to bring down the criminal community. No Offence is currently filming in Manchester and is due to be broadcast on Channel 4 later this year.
Paul Coe, Chief Operating Officer at production company AbbottVision, commented, “The images from Bluesky are so detailed they allow us to convey real world detail in a single shot. They also have a recognisable feel for viewers – helping to sell the scene and giving a realism a show like No Offence requires.”
Piers Wenger, Channel 4 Head of Drama, described the series as: “No Offence is the best of what the world has come to expect from a Paul Abbott script: characters you can adore, gags which practically blind you with their brilliance and plots which, while appearing outlandish, challenge the way you think about the world.”
Paul Abbott added, “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. No Offence is reared on wilder-than-average seeds; it’s a tilted, hardcore blend of cop drama, family saga and social mayhem.”
The production company AbbottVision purchased the imagery of Manchester from Bluesky’s nationwide archive of high resolution, regularly updated aerial photography available to view and purchase online at www.blueskymapshop.com.
“Within one hour of contacting Bluesky, I had a sample image to see if I could work with it within the scene,” concluded Coe. “At every stage Bluesky has demonstrated a ‘can do’ attitude and we will certainly be returning for series two.”
Bluesky is a UK-based specialist in aerial survey including aerial photography, LiDAR and thermal data using the very latest survey technology, including an UltraCam Eagle and an Orion M300 LiDAR system. An internationally recognised leader with projects extending around the globe, Bluesky is proud to work with prestigious organisations such as Google, the BBC and Government Agencies. Bluesky has unrivalled expertise in the creation of seamless, digital aerial photography and maintains national “off the shelf” coverage of aerial photography, DTM and DSM through an on-going 3 year update programme. By purchasing a World first sensor for the simultaneous capture of LiDAR, Thermal and Aerial Photography data Bluesky is in the enviable position of being able to provide customers with unique and cost effective solutions. Bluesky is also leading the way in developing innovative solutions for environmental applications including the UK’s first National Tree Map (NTM), solar mapping and citywide ‘heat loss’ maps and is currently developing noise and air quality mapping products. www.bluesky-world.com
AbbottVision was established in 2008 by the multi award-winning writer, creator and producer Paul Abbott. Listed as one of the top 20 names in broadcasting and described as “an innovative model for the creation and production of world-class drama”, AbbottVision is a truly unique production company with an attached Writers’ Studio. This means that AbbottVision has a hugely creative environment for established writers to work and accelerate the turnaround from format conception to script, through to full production. Recent productions include the acclaimed BBC One drama series Exile starring John Simm and Jim Broadbent; and Hit & Miss, Sky Atlantic’s first UK drama commission starring Chloë Sevigny, broadcast in May 2012. www.abbottvision.com