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 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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 11th June 2008 10:00pm E4

Cast & crew

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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