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


  • TV comedy drama
  • Channel 4 / E4
  • 2004 - 2013
  • 139 episodes (11 series)

Comedy drama set in a fictional housing estate in Manchester which follows the dysfunctional Gallagher family and their neighbours. Stars David Threlfall, Gerard Kearns, Elliott Tittensor, Luke Tittensor, Joseph Furnace and more.

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Series 1, Episode 5

Frank and Karen hit the road for their driving lesson, but Karen adds some extra-curricular manoeuvres to the timetable. Meanwhile, Ian and Kash are caught in the act by Kash's wife Yvonne.

Further details

Frank and Karen hit the road for their driving lesson, although Karen has some extra-curricular lessons on the timetable.

The Gallaghers need a parent for parent's evening or else social services would have them all into care before you could say 'Home Alone'. Frank refuses to go along for his own kids but happily attends as Karen's guardian. Steve stands in for Frank but catches Frank and Karen shagging in the school toilets.

Frank is not the only one to get found out. Ian and Kash are caught on camera by Kash's wife Yvonne. Is it the end for love's young dream? And will she tell the estate, his family and his kids that they are gay?

Broadcast details

Tuesday 10th February 2004
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 14th July 2011 10:00pm Dave
Friday 9th December 2011 10:20pm Dave
Tuesday 8th September 2020 11:05pm C4

Cast & crew

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
Kelli Hollis Yvonne Karib
Chris Bisson Kash Karib
Dean Lennox Kelly Kev Ball
Maxine Peake Veronica Ball
James McAvoy Steve McBride
Maggie O'Neill Sheila Jackson
Lindsey Dawson Jez
Guest cast
Corin Redgrave Mr Hammersley
Shireen Shah Umi
Louise Pout Megan
Writing team
John Griffin Script Editor
Kate Evans Script Editor
Carmel Morgan Writer
Production team
Mark Mylod Director
Emma Burge Producer
George Faber Executive Producer
Charles Pattinson Executive Producer
Paul Abbott Executive Producer
Matt Jones Executive Producer
Beverley Mills Editor
Adrian Smith Production Designer
Murray Gold Composer

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