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

Forget a traditional Christmas and prepare for the outrageous Gallagher clan and the entire Chatsworth Estate to bring their own chaotic brand of Christmas cheer.

Further details

Events kick off with the miraculous appearance of a lorry-load of lifted meat, swiped by Kev and Lip. When the pair sells the knock-off down at The Jockey it looks like full stomachs are a dead cert for all of Chatsworth's residents, but the meat is contaminated, people start getting ill and before you know it events have escalated and the British Army arrive in town...

As the armed squaddies descend en masse, so do Veronica's mum Carole and Tourrettes-suffering, arsonist brother Marty. With nowhere to stay - Marty burned their house down - and "no room at the inn" they force themselves on Fiona and Steve for Christmas.

Never one to miss an opportunity, Frank rallies the estate into a full-blown riot, as his valium-fuelled lover Sheila goes into labour for the holy birth.


Theme music written and performed by ex-Smith's guitarist Johnny Marr.

Broadcast details

Thursday 23rd December 2004
Channel 4
90 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Threlfall Frank Gallagher
Gerard Kearns Ian Gallagher
Elliott 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
Warren Donnelly PC Stan Waterman
Dean Lennox Kelly Kev Ball
Maxine Peake Veronica Ball
Alice Barry Lillian Tyler
Maggie O'Neill Sheila Jackson
Jack Deam Marty Fisher
Marjorie Yates Carol Fisher
Anthony Flanagan Tony
Lindsey Dawson Jez
Guest cast
Neil Bell Hippy Pete
Shireen Shah Umi
Paul Brennen Commander
Neil Maskell Corporal
June Broughton Wheelchair Woman
Pam Shaw Aunty Pat
Writing team
Paul Abbott Writer
Production team
Jonny Campbell Director
Matt Jones Producer
George Faber Executive Producer
Charles Pattinson Executive Producer
Paul Abbott Executive Producer

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