British Comedy Guide

Shameless. Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall). Copyright: Company Pictures.

Shameless

Channel 4 and E4 comedy drama. 139 episodes (11 series), 2004 - 2013. Stars David Threlfall, Gerard Kearns, Elliott Tittensor, Luke Tittensor, Joseph Furnace, Johnny Bennett, Annabelle Apsion 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.

Full synopsis

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

Date
Tuesday 1st January 2008
Time
10pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

  1. Wednesday 11th June 2008 at 10:00pm on E4

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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