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 3

Mimi worries that she can't be everything that Billy needs so proposes an open marriage which he reluctantly accepts.

Further details

Shameless. Copyright: Company Pictures.

Mimi and Billy are settling into married life but the elephant in the room still remains: Mimi is 30 years older than her man-child husband and worries she can't be everything he needs. In her wisdom, Mimi decides if she wants to keep her man, she needs to set him free and proposes an open marriage. Billy is initially reluctant, but agrees - on condition it's something they both do. While Mimi and Gloria go out on the pull, Shane is forcibly enlisted to take his stepfather (Billy) out to get him laid. It's a risky strategy, as they look to seduce others in order to stay in love together.

In the wake of losing her baby, Kelly deals with it in the only way she knows how - she puts on her face, hikes up her skirt, steps into her heels and grabs the world by the knackers. She becomes good-time Kelly and gets hedonistic in a major way. And in truth, it's a laugh - getting drunk, getting into trouble. Whilst everyone else thinks she's doing great and getting over it, Marty is worried; Kelly refuses to grieve and is spinning out of control.

At a funeral, Patty finds herself under scrutiny from the deceased's son, Alan. Desperate for information about the mother he never knew, and believing her to be an old friend, Alan latches onto Patty. Patty tries to deflect his constant questioning until she learns of Alan's inheritance. Sniffing an opportunity, Patty quickly regrets exploiting Alan's grief when he reveals a darker side to his personality. But then - perhaps Patty hasn't been entirely up-front with him either. The truth will out.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 17th January 2012
Time
10pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
60 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Tina Malone Mimi Maguire
    Rebecca Atkinson Karen Maguire
    Nicky Evans Shane 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
    Marcus Garvey Alan
    Paddy Courtney (as Paddy C. Courtney) Milo
    Helen Kay Interviewer
    Writing team
    Ed McCardie Writer
    Ben Newman Script Editor
    Loren McLaughlan Script Editor
    Production team
    Andy McDonnell 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
    Duncan Howell Production Designer
    Murray Gold Composer
    Tim Phillips Composer

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