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
    Fiona Colbeck Editor
    Jim Glen Production Designer
    Murray Gold Composer
    Johnny Marr Composer

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