Shameless to make 11th season its final series
Story by Jack Foley
LONG-running Channel 4 drama Shameless will end after its forthcoming eleventh season.
The show’s creator, Paul Abbott, announced the decision this week, stating that “its 10th anniversary seems a fitting time to shut the book”.
He added that the death of his father had been an influence on his decision.
The final series, currently filming in Manchester, will comprise 14 episodes and will air early next year.
In a statement, Abbott continued: “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.”
In its heyday, Shameless featured star-making performances from the likes of James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff and Maxine Peake.
The series follows the misfortunes of the anarchic Gallagher family and was loosely inspired by Abbott’s childhood in Burnley. It features David Threlfall in the lead role of Frank Gallagher.
A US version, starring William H Macy in the Frank Gallagher role, has since begun, which is about to embark upon its third season next year.
Commenting on the show’s influence, Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer, said: “Shameless, ground-breaking 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.”
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