The lives and relationships of a group of siblings and their estranged father Frank Gallagher on a rough Manchester estate.


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Series cast summary:
Rebecca Atkinson ...
 Karen Maguire / ... 129 episodes, 2004-2013
Alice Barry ...
 Lillian Tyler / ... 118 episodes, 2004-2013
Nicky Evans ...
 Shane Maguire 114 episodes, 2006-2013
Tina Malone ...
 Mimi Maguire / ... 111 episodes, 2005-2013
 Carl Gallagher / ... 109 episodes, 2004-2013
 Jamie Maguire 108 episodes, 2007-2013
 Kelly Maguire / ... 85 episodes, 2005-2013
Qasim Akhtar ...
 Chesney Karib 85 episodes, 2007-2013
Ciaran Griffiths ...
 Micky Maguire / ... 84 episodes, 2007-2012
Johnny Bennett ...
 Liam Gallagher / ... 62 episodes, 2006-2011


The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits - and humor - on a rough Manchester council estate. Whilst they won't admit it, they need help and find it in Steve, a young middle class lad who falls for Fiona, the oldest sibling, and increasingly finds himself drawn to this unconventional and unique family. Anarchic family life seen through the eyes of an exceptionally bright fifteen year old, who struggles to come of age in the context of his belligerent father, closeted brother, psychotic sister and internet porn star neighbors. Written by Company Pictures (website)

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Comedy | Crime | Drama


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13 January 2004 (UK)  »

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(2 episodes) | (32 episodes)

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Absolutely marvellous
14 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I can't comprehend how people can give this a bad review. It is without doubt one of the best shows on the TV and is comparable to Nighty Night, League of Gentlemen and possibly Little Britain, when it comes to blacker than black humour. The characters are sublimely developed with Frank, the hapless father being one of, if not the main character. He is a horrible man with questionable morals and less than a day's work behind him in his life. He has 8 children to support and is supported himself by his beautiful yet eccentric wife. It is Franks tale of partying, avoiding work and generally being the worst father in the world. If you don't like this, you don't know what's funny.

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