After eleven successful series, Channel 4’s longest-running drama Shameless is to end next year. The show’s creator Paul Abbott has announced that after ten years, it seems an appropriate point to bring the drama to a close:
“Its 10th anniversary seems a fitting time to shut the book on Shameless. We’ve had an absolute ball making this stuff up for a living. We’ve given back in spades and got away with absolute murder, on behalf of such a fantastically outspoken audience.
“But this is also the year my dad died and he was, in abstract, my core inspiration for starting the whole Shameless party rolling. I wanted to make invisible people vivid. Closing the two eras in the same year feels very right. Now I’m off to build the next whatever it is.”
Starring David Threlfall as drunken Frank Gallagher and set on the fictional Chatsworth council estate outside Manchester, the series premiered its initial seven-episode run in January 2004 to critical acclaim. In 2005 the show received a BAFTA award for Best Drama Series as well as scooping Best TV Comedy Drama at the British Comedy Awards.
Channel 4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt added, “Shameless: groundbreaking when it launched and gob-smacking ever since, has over the years built a loyal following. We are in Paul Abbott’s debt for bringing his defiantly dysfunctional band of characters to Channel 4 and I’m delighted to say we have other drama projects with Paul in the pipeline.”
The final 14-episode run of Shameless is currently being filmed in Manchester and will be aired on Channel 4 next year, bringing the drama’s episode total to 139.