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 5, Episode 1

Just another drunken night out turns into a nightmare for Frank when he mistakes an electrical generator for a urinal. At hospital he's told that tests show he has a heart condition and may not make it to the weekend.

Further details

A drunken piss on a generator turns just another night out for Frank into a nightmare. At hospital he's told that tests show he has a heart condition and may not make it to the weekend. With these words ringing in his ears, he sets out to drink and drug himself into a stupor, only to be visited by his younger self and challenged to answer the question: "What is the point of Frank Gallagher?" On one of his regular trips home from university, a little bit of Lip's other life makes an unwelcome appearance in Chatsworth, throwing Mandy into uproar and culminating in a knock-down, drag-out fight in The Jockey with shocking consequences.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 1st January 2008
Channel 4
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    David Threlfall Frank Gallagher
    Gerard Kearns Ian Gallagher
    Elliott Tittensor Carl Gallagher
    Johnny Bennett Liam Gallagher
    Annabelle Apsion Monica Gallagher
    Rebecca Ryan Debbie Gallagher
    Jody Latham Philip 'Lip' Gallagher
    Rebecca Atkinson Karen Maguire
    Nicky Evans Shane Maguire
    Ciaran Griffiths Mickey Maguire
    Aaron McCusker Jamie Maguire
    Samantha Siddall Mandy Maguire
    Warren Donnelly PC Stan Waterman
    Dystin Johnson Norma Starkey
    Alice Barry Lillian Tyler
    Michael Legge Tom O'Leary
    Amanda Ryan Carrie Rogers
    Guest cast
    Karen Bryson Doctor
    Craig Shepherd Young Frank
    Darren Connelly Bloke
    Emily Bowker Alex
    Mary Sobers Prostitute
    PJ Devlin Piano Player
    Alex Moxam Lad
    Alice Grice Girl
    Roger Kennedy Big Dennis
    Writing team
    Ed McCardie Writer
    Angela Sinden Script Editor
    Production team
    David Threlfall Director
    John Griffin Producer
    Johann Knobel Producer
    George Faber Executive Producer
    Charles Pattinson Executive Producer
    Paul Abbott Executive Producer
    Beverley Mills Editor
    David Bowes Production Designer
    Murray Gold Composer
    Tim Phillips Composer

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