British Comedy Guide

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


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.

Full synopsis

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

Tuesday 17th January 2012
Channel 4
60 minutes


  1. Monday 23rd January 2012 at 11:10pm on C4
  2. Friday 27th April 2012 at 10:45pm on E4

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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