Ironically, Shameless comes to an end just as the BBC's latest fly-on-the-wall documentary People Like Us causes the residents of another Manchester suburb to complain they're being made to look like a bunch of criminals, alcoholics and benefits scroungers.
But as the eleventh and final series begins tonight, Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall) kicks off proceedings with a brand new poem in which he dares to compare himself to Her Majesty the Queen. And the residents of Chatsworth have strung out the bunting to celebrate their estate being presented with one of the Olympic rings.
But local pride soon turns into a riot when the icon that's unveiled turns out to be a more accurate symbol of Chatsworth's value than locals had bargained for.
But it still has some surprises up its sleeve. The biggest of these tonight is reserved for Jamie Maguire (Aaron McCusker) when mum Mimi (Tina Malone) drops a bombshell that will cast a magic mushroom-shaped cloud over his entire life.Jane Simon, The Mirror, 26th February 2013
She blames herself for money troubles after splashing £90,000 on her wedding - and buying 15 pairs of £250 Ugg boots.Will Payne, The Mirror, 27th May 2012
Three episodes in, and the Chatsworth estate continues to have a livelier feel than in recent series. Tonight, while the rest of the estate thinks Kelly (Sally Carman) is coping well with the loss of her baby, only Marty (Jack Deam) sees how her refusal to grieve is making her unstable. Elsewhere, Billy (Michael Taylor) reluctantly accepts Mimi's (Tina Malone) insistence on an open marriage.Gerald O'Donovan, The Telegraph, 16th January 2012
With much of the original cast and crew departed, this scally saga is said by some to have passed its sell-by date. That might be so, yet even on series seven, it remains one of the most energetic, outrageously ribald dramas around. Tonight Mimi (Tina Malone) bags herself a toy boy who isn't all he seems.Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 16th February 2010