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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 4

During a lads' night out, Micky is the victim of a gay bashing, leaving him mentally and physically scarred.

Full synopsis

On a lads' night out, Micky slopes away from the rest of the Chatsworth troop, looking for love in all the wrong places. He hooks up with Gav and just when it's getting steamy, Gav turns on Micky, subjecting him to a savage attack. The attack leaves Micky hurt, and mentally shaken. The situation is not easy for Micky - as well as pulling off convincing lies to the family over what happened, and keeping their blood-lust at bay, he has to carry on with the day job. Carl is his sole confidante, pushing Micky to track down his attacker. As Micky's outrage grows, he seeks out Gav and follows him home, intent on revenge...

On the same night out, Carl falls for a beautiful girl, Clem - she's sharp, funny, and sexy as hell. He's a lucky lad - especially when she suggests he spend the night at her place. As Carl heads off to tell his mates, Clem slides herself over and into her wheel-chair. He hadn't realised and it's a big test and decision for Carl, who... bolts, runs out on her and wakes in the arms of some unworthy skank. But Carl can't get Clem out of his head.

Meanwhile, Aidan is having trouble at school, having fallen in with a group of older mates. Aidan looks up to older lad Frasier as a man of the world, listens to his skewed advice on life. Hanging around on the Chatsworth one night, drinking, messing about, one of Aidan's teachers passes. Frasier follows her, jeering, taunting, gets in her face - but it goes too far and events spiral out of control.

At the Maguire house, Ruby Hepburn arrives - Ruby is the 22 year old niece of Mimi - a sexy, spunky, and a constant challenge - it's "all about me" for Ruby. But she's a fractured individual; and has arrived on the Chatsworth with a point to prove to her extended family.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 24th January 2012
Channel 4
60 minutes


  1. Monday 30th January 2012 at 11:10pm on C4
  2. Friday 4th May 2012 at 11:00pm on E4

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
Alice Barry Lillian Tyler
Qasim Akhtar Chesney Karib
Valerie Lilley Patty Croker
Robbie Conway Aiden Croker
Angeline Ball Gloria Meak
Kari Corbett Ruby Hepburn
Michael Taylor Billy Tutton
Guest cast
Nathan McMullen Angel
Amy Beth Hayes Clem
Kim Southwick Pastel
Steven Helliwell Gavin Todd
Philip Broadbent Paramedic
Anthony Aspinall Olly
Josh Bolt Frasier Kane
Rachel Leskovac Lara Heaton
Writing team
Ed McCardie Writer
Jonathan Harvey 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
Sam Williams Editor
Duncan Howell Production Designer
Murray Gold Composer
Tim Phillips Composer

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