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


Channel 4 and E4 comedy drama about a dysfunctional family. 139 episodes (11 series), 2004 - 2013. Stars David Threlfall, Gerard Kearns, Elliott Tittensor, Luke Tittensor and others.

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


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

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

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.

Production Details

Production company
Theme tune composed by Murray Gold
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 13th January 2004 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 28th May 2013 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Last repeat
Tuesday 22nd September 2020 at 11:40pm

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