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 7

Frank is only worrying about himself as usual, and things are not looking good. The housing office is on to him, his debts are piling up and the bailiffs are still on the doorstep.

Further details

Frank as usual, is only worrying about himself and things are not looking good. The housing office is on to him, his debts are still piling up, the bailiffs are still on the doorstep and he still hasn't got a pot to piss in but he does have the ultimate scam.

With the help of Norma, his ex wife's lover, and a group of her lesbian friends, he stages his own death, lies in state in a coffin in the Gallagher's front room and hosts his own drunken wake at the Jockey.

The plan works. Frank is officially dead. It's only later that he realises that Norma and her female gang have stitched him up. With officialdom believing him dead, he'll never be able to claim his beloved dole again!

Fiona is living at Steve's but still worrying about the kids. But just as Steve and Fiona make a commitment, jealous PC Tony discovers Steve's criminal enterprises and arrests him. Steve must convince Tony to let him go free in order to give Fiona a very special and explosive birthday present.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 24th February 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
    Annabelle Apsion Monica Gallagher
    Rebecca Ryan Debbie Gallagher
    Jody Latham Philip 'Lip' Gallagher
    Anne-Marie Duff Fiona Gallagher
    Kelli Hollis Yvonne Karib
    Chris Bisson Kash Karib
    Warren Donnelly PC Stan Waterman
    Dean Lennox Kelly Kev Ball
    Maxine Peake Veronica Ball
    Dystin Johnson Norma Starkey
    James McAvoy Steve McBride
    Maggie O'Neill Sheila Jackson
    Anthony Flanagan Tony
    Lindsey Dawson Jez
    Guest cast
    Clive Russell Billy Wilson
    Paul Oldham Bailiff #1
    Steven O'Donnell Bailiff #2
    Writing team
    Paul Abbott Writer
    John Griffin Script Editor
    Kate Evans Script Editor
    Production team
    Dearbhla Walsh Director
    Emma Burge Producer
    George Faber Executive Producer
    Charles Pattinson Executive Producer
    Paul Abbott Executive Producer
    Matt Jones Executive Producer
    Emer Reynolds Editor
    Adrian Smith Production Designer
    Murray Gold Composer

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