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.

Series 1, Episode 2

It's Friday and Frank is nowhere to be seen, which is a bit odd as it's Giro day.

Further details

It's Friday and Frank is nowhere to be seen, which is a bit odd as it's Giro day. He never goes missing on Giro day. The family start a manhunt and panic sets in when a body is found in the canal. But Frank turns up in Calais with no passport and no clue as to how he got there.

Fiona gets suspicious when she notices that her new fella Steve is smoking fancy French fags. Veronica and Kev do a booze cruise to Calais to pick Frank up and the three return to a heroes' welcome on the estate.

But Frank knows everyone is taking the piss out of him and walks out of the Gallagher house. He meets Eddie who has left his wife. Never one to miss a chance, Frank is straight round to Sheila's who is sex-mad, raking in the benefits and lonely. But he soon discovers there's a price to pay for home comforts, and that Sheila has years of pent-up sexual desire to unleash. It's a lesson that leaves Frank feeling pretty sore!

Broadcast details

Tuesday 20th January 2004
Channel 4
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    David Threlfall Frank Gallagher
    Gerard Kearns Ian Gallagher
    Elliott Tittensor Carl Gallagher
    Luke Tittensor Carl Gallagher
    Joseph Furnace Liam Gallagher
    Rebecca Ryan Debbie Gallagher
    Jody Latham Philip 'Lip' Gallagher
    Anne-Marie Duff Fiona Gallagher
    Rebecca Atkinson Karen Maguire
    Dean Lennox Kelly Kev Ball
    Maxine Peake Veronica Ball
    James McAvoy Steve McBride
    Maggie O'Neill Sheila Jackson
    Anthony Flanagan Tony
    Lindsey Dawson Jez
    Guest cast
    Steve Pemberton Eddie
    Steve Hillman Conrad
    Josh Moran Vagrant
    Tim Mitchell Gendarme
    Kieran Cunningham George
    Laura Brown Becky
    James Foster News Vendor
    Alison Burrows TV Woman
    Pamela Cheshire Vox Pop Woman
    Writing team
    Paul Abbott Writer
    John Griffin Script Editor
    Kate Evans Script Editor
    Production team
    Jonny Campbell Director
    Emma Burge Producer
    George Faber Executive Producer
    Charles Pattinson Executive Producer
    Paul Abbott Executive Producer
    Matt Jones Executive Producer
    Fiona Colbeck Editor
    Adrian Smith Production Designer
    Murray Gold Composer

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