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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 2

Carl arrives back on the Chatsworth as a qualified policeman, but not everyone welcomes him back with open arms. Jackson is fingered for falsely claiming benefits, resulting in the withdrawal of his teaching job, and his marriage is thrown into chaos.

Full synopsis

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

War has been declared between the Chatsworth and Operation New Start but with each eviction, and as more and more houses are boarded up, the estate quickly looks neglected and deserted; Carmen has the upper hand and hope is fading fast. Refugees give up and move on in increasing numbers - the Chatsworth is dying.

Desperate, the residents engineer a plan of action, scratching away at the facade of Operation New Start to discover the shocking real objective behind their presence. Using this information to their advantage, the Chatsworth troops mobilise and the fight back for the estate begins in earnest. But for Carmen, failure is not an option, and the conflict comes to the boil as she prepares to take the law into her own hands to bring down the Chatsworth.

Marty struggles with the notion of becoming a father again, whilst pregnant Kelly visits one of her oldest and most regular punters in the hospital. Bob the chiropodist is out cold and in a coma, but still able to "salute" Kelly when she enters the room. As an act of tenderness, Kelly employs a unique bedside manner and makes it her duty to visit Bob every day. Opening up about her future, Kelly confides to Bob the hopes she's never told anyone before - even Marty. Especially Marty. And when Bob's wife arrives, the two women strike up an unlikely friendship - though, it seems, hospital is no place for a pregnant woman.

Meanwhile, Frank makes it clear that Carl is no longer a son of his, and with evictions and convictions continuing, everyone on the Chatsworth is expected to play a part in resistance tactics to avoid more evictions, including Carl. Can Carl Gallagher really become a policeman?

Elsewhere, a confused Gloria tries to remember who took advantage of her in the snug...

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 10th January 2012
Time
10pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
75 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
    Angeline Ball Gloria Meak
    Michael Taylor Billy Tutton
    Guest cast
    Morwenna Banks Carmen Kenaway
    Judy Flynn Daniella Feeney
    Emma Bispham Ante Natal Nurse
    Christine Cox Hannah
    Katie Clayton Jody
    Writing team
    Ed McCardie Writer
    Tom Higgins Writer
    Ben Newman Script Editor
    Loren McLaughlan Script Editor
    Production team
    Luke Watson 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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