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

Shameless

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 9, Episode 1

The Chatsworth Estate is in a time of darkest austerity. The Gallaghers and half the estate are evicted as part of Operation New Start - a multi-agency crackdown on the benefits culture of those in social housing.

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Shameless. Image shows from L to R: Carmen Kenaway (Morwenna Banks), Daniella Feeney (Judy Flynn). Copyright: Company Pictures.

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.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 9th January 2012
Time
10pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
85 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    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
    Guest cast
    Morwenna Banks Carmen Kenaway
    Judy Flynn Daniella Feeney
    Hannah Kew Optician
    Lee Toomes Investigator
    Writing team
    Ed McCardie Writer
    Kevin Erlis Writer
    Ben Newman Script Editor
    Loren McLaughlan Script Editor
    Production team
    John Henderson Director
    Jean Holdsworth Series Producer
    Ed McCardie Producer
    George Faber Executive Producer
    Charles Pattinson Executive Producer
    Paul Abbott Executive Producer
    David Threlfall Executive Producer
    Claire Ingham Executive Producer
    Russell Beeden Editor
    Sam Williams Editor
    Duncan Howell Production Designer
    Murray Gold Composer
    Tim Phillips Composer

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