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Shameless [03/01/2006]

Alternative title
Shameless Series 3: New Year Special
Synopsis
Offbeat British television drama series created by Paul Abbott. Set in Stretford, Manchester, it follows the lives of the Chatsworth Estate’s Gallaghers, "UK’s most dysfunctional family" (Channel 4 press information). The most pronounced Shakespeare references can be found in the feature-length New Year Special. Confronted with the news that his youngest son Liam has cancer, Vernon Francis "Frank" Gallagher (Threlfall), unemployed drunk and head of the family, takes to roaming the precincts of the estate. Holding a half-empty bottle of beer in his hand, he curses his fate and quotes King Lear (IV.i.) saying: "As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods, they kill us for their sport. Fuckin’ Shakespeare, fuckin’ King Lear. He had it right ...".
Series
Shameless
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
3 Jan 2006 at 22:00 (Channel: Channel Four)
Duration
80 mins

Credits

Director
Catherine Morshead
Producer
John Griffin
Writer
Danny Brocklehurst
Cast
David ThrelfallFrank Gallagher
Dean Lennox KellyKev
Elliott TittensorCarl Gallagher
Gerard KearnsIan Gallagher
Jack DeamMarty Fisher
Jody LathamLip Gallagher
Johnny BennettLiam Gallagher
Maggie O’NeillSheila Jackson
Marjorie YatesCarol Fisher
Maxine PeakeVeronica
Rebecca RyanDebbie Gallagher
Rory McCannFather Crithon

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Plays
King Lear
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
SHAMELESS Series 3 was released on a 3-disc set 30/10/2006 and is available for sale from retail outlets.
History
The New Year special precedes the third series (8 episodes in total), transmitted from January 2006 on UK’s Channel 4.
Awards
Nominated for BAFTA ‘Best Drama Series’ in 2004, 2005, 2006 and winner of British Comedy Awards for Best TV Comedy Drama in 2005.

Production Company

Name

Company Pictures

Distributor

Name

Channel Four Television

Phone
071-396 4444
Address
LONDON
SW1P 2TX

Distributor (DVD)

Name

Channel 4 DVD

Phone
01273 202220
Fax
01273 426897
Address
c/o Lace International Ltd
38-40 The Old Steine
Brighton
BN1 1NH

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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