Series 9, Episode 1
Society spurns Frank Gallagher - and he spurns it: "I don't believe in government; I don't believe in Society; I just believe in me."
When the Chatsworth is the target of a coordinated Multi-Agency Government and Council Task Force, the estate is thrown into chaos... dawn raids, door-to-door coverage, a rolling herd of Suited Officials led by project consultant Carmen Kenaway and toxic sidekick, Feeney. Here to target the underbelly, the Task Force evicts families and withdraws benefits. The Task Force (Operation New Start) call it house-keeping; the residents call it Occupation. Families are ejected from properties with rhythmic regularity, and Jamie and Karen find themselves thrust into the role of guardians of the estate when evictees turn to them for help and refuge.
Whilst things look bleak for everyone else on the Chatsworth, all is bright for Jackson, who is now a fully-qualified teacher. The promise of a job and a better future brings another level to his pompous judgement of others; so much so that Jackson isn't shy about his agreement and support of the Operation New Start action, to the disappointment and embarrassment of Avril.
Meanwhile, Carl arrives back on the Chatsworth, days away from qualifying as a policeman. Not everyone welcomes him back with open arms, least of all Frank, and without his approval, Carl's sense of filial responsibility threatens to put a stop to his graduation.
But much worse than all of this - Frank Gallagher needs glasses. The very notion leaves him vulnerable, fragile; flawed and unwanted. For the first time, Frank must confront the possibility that he may be a less than perfect physical specimen.
- Monday 9th January 2012
- Channel 4
- 85 minutes
- 1.88 million viewers (11.50% audience share)
Cast & crew
|David Threlfall||Frank Gallagher|
|Elliott Tittensor||Carl Gallagher|
|Tina Malone||Mimi Maguire|
|Rebecca Atkinson||Karen Maguire|
|Nicky Evans||Shane Maguire|
|Ciaran Griffiths||Mickey Maguire|
|Aaron McCusker||Jamie Maguire|
|Sally Carman||Kelly-Marie Ball|
|Alice Barry||Lillian Tyler|
|Jack Deam||Marty Fisher|
|Qasim Akhtar||Chesney Karib|
|Valerie Lilley||Patty Croker|
|Karen Bryson||Avril Powell|
|Kira Martin||Letitia Powell|
|Emmanuel Ighodaro||Jackson Powell|
|Robbie Conway||Aiden Croker|
|Michael Taylor||Billy Tutton|
|Morwenna Banks||Carmen Kenaway|
|Judy Flynn||Daniella Feeney|
|Ben Newman||Script Editor|
|Loren McLaughlan||Script Editor|
|Jean Holdsworth||Series Producer|
|George Faber||Executive Producer|
|Charles Pattinson||Executive Producer|
|Paul Abbott||Executive Producer|
|David Threlfall||Executive Producer|
|Claire Ingham||Executive Producer|
|Duncan Howell||Production Designer|