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Series 8-Episode 14

Series 8-Episode 14

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Now that the rioting youth of Manchester have slunk off to either Her Majesty’s Pleasure or their loot-filled pads, we get the chance to enjoy the despicable exploits of the city’s ne’er-do-wells through the prism of television, as the pill-popping, violent benefit fraudsters of the Chatsworth estate return in glorious, grand guignol style.

It feels like a missed trick that Frank’s rambling opening monologue doesn’t offer his unique perspective on the riots – especially as half of it takes place next to a burning car – but I’m sure he’d reach the same conclusion he does every week: party!

However, David Threlfall has a more difficult task than simply offering a solution to Britain’s “broken society” – he has to imbue the repellent Frank with the inklings of a heart as he acts forlorn over the departure of his wife Libby. The final scene where Frank talks of love is almost touching.


It is a dark day on the Chatsworth estate when Paddy is delivered in a coffin, and as the residents grieve, Let dares Aide to take a photo of the body - but they are in for a shock. Meanwhile, Karen sets up a children's entertainment business and Patty tackles Mimi about disabled access in the Jockey.

Cast & Crew

Frank Gallagher David Threlfall
Karen Maguire Rebecca Atkinson
Mimi Maguire Tina Malone
Jamie Maguire Aaron McCusker
Micky Maguire Ciaran Griffiths
Aidan Croker Robbie Conway
Kelly Maguire Sally Carman
Carl Gallagher Elliott Tittensor
Chesney Karib Qasim Akhtar
Shane Maguire Nicky Evans
Letitia Powell Kira Martin
Jackson Powell Emmanuel Ighodaro
Avril Powell Karen Bryson
Lillian Tyler Alice Barry
Patty Croker Valerie Lilley
Director Michael Keillor
Producer Lawrence Till
Writer Jimmy Dowdall
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