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 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.

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 18th July 2011 10:00pm Dave
Friday 16th December 2011 10:20pm Dave
Tuesday 22nd September 2020 11:40pm C4

Cast & crew

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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