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Shameless. Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall). Copyright: Company Pictures.

Shameless

Channel 4 and E4 comedy drama. 139 episodes (11 series), 2004 - 2013. Stars David Threlfall, Gerard Kearns, Elliott Tittensor, Luke Tittensor, Joseph Furnace, Johnny Bennett, Annabelle Apsion and others.

Shameless. Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall). Copyright: Company Pictures.

Shameless

Comedy drama set in a fictional housing estate in Manchester which follows the dysfunctional Gallagher family and their neighbours

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2004 - 2013
Channels
Channel 4, E4
Episodes
139   (11 series)
Starring
David Threlfall, Gerard Kearns, Elliott Tittensor, Luke Tittensor, Joseph Furnace, Johnny Bennett, Annabelle Apsion, Rebecca Ryan and others
Writers
Paul Abbott, Daniel Brocklehurst, Amanda Coe, Emma Frost, Ed McCardie, Stephen Russell, Jimmy Dowdall, Tom Higgins and others
Directors
Dearbhla Walsh, David Threlfall, Paul Norton Walker and Lawrence Till
Producers
Emma Burge, Matt Jones, John Griffin, Johann Knobel, Lawrence Till, Ed McCardie and Jean Holdsworth

Comedy drama following the roller coaster lives of the Gallagher family as they experience life on the edge. Head of the family, in name only, is dad Frank - feckless, self-pitying, feeble, selfish, charmless and an unemployed, alcoholic bully - a model father...

The Gallagher kids are raised by big sister Fiona since mum went AWOL and dad hit the bottle. The boys are Lip, a street-wise, gobby lad around town and Ian is actively gay and keeps his private life very private. Siblings Debbie and Carl plus baby Liam Gallagher round off the highly un-orthodox yet extremely tightly knit family.

From Series 3 Shameless expanded out to focus on a second family too. If there's one family you don't want to cross on the Chatsworth Estate, it's the Maguires. Paddy is the father of this most feared and respected family, and he has little time for Frank.

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