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Shameless 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Series (2004–2013)
The lives and relationships of a group of siblings and their estranged father Frank Gallagher on a rough Manchester estate.

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Paul Abbott
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11 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
David Threlfall ...  Frank Gallagher / ... 138 episodes, 2004-2013
Rebecca Atkinson Rebecca Atkinson ...  Karen Maguire / ... 129 episodes, 2004-2013
Alice Barry Alice Barry ...  Lillian Tyler / ... 118 episodes, 2004-2013
Nicky Evans Nicky Evans ...  Shane Maguire 114 episodes, 2006-2013
Tina Malone Tina Malone ...  Mimi Maguire / ... 111 episodes, 2005-2013
Elliott Tittensor ...  Carl Gallagher / ... 109 episodes, 2004-2013
Aaron McCusker ...  Jamie Maguire 108 episodes, 2007-2013
Sally Carman ...  Kelly Maguire / ... 85 episodes, 2005-2013
Qasim Akhtar ...  Chesney Karib 85 episodes, 2007-2013
Ciaran Griffiths ...  Micky Maguire / ... 84 episodes, 2007-2012
Gerard Kearns ...  Ian Gallagher / ... 80 episodes, 2004-2010
Rebecca Ryan ...  Debbie Gallagher / ... 65 episodes, 2004-2009
Johnny Bennett Johnny Bennett ...  Liam Gallagher / ... 62 episodes, 2006-2011
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Shameless See more »

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(2 episodes) | (32 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Elliott Tittensor, identical twin brother of Luke Tittensor (who plays Daz Eden in Emmerdale), took over the part of Carl on Shameless when Luke was no longer available because of the Emmerdale filming schedules. See more »

Quotes

Frank Gallagher: [to a fish] Now you know what I feel like... Stop whinging! Drink more.
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Dinnerladies (2006) See more »

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This is what TV is about........
8 February 2005 | by proseSee all my reviews

"Shameless" began a couple of nights ago on SBS TV - supposedly an ethnic channel (are Mancunian's ethnic, then??) - in Australia, with no warning, no fanfare. I was blown fair out of my chair by this show, and possibly appreciated it all the more because I had no expectations, although once I noted Paul Abbott's name under 'writer' I knew I was in for something special. His scripts for 'Clocking Off' and 'Linda Green' were, like 'Shameless', both sharp and original. Dialogue is quick and relevant, characters are drawn immediately, and altogether the script treats the viewer as an intelligent participant in the hilarious, and often poignant, exploits of the Gallagher family. Dad Gallagher, always a bit the worse for wear on drugs or alcohol (or both) is raging around the room talking rubbish, and Fiona, eldest child, explains to her posh boyfriend that her Dad's ecstasy dealer is a schizophrenic, like that explains everything. Perhaps it does...... If you get the chance to see this, then don't miss it.


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