October 9, 2012 by newsgetting
Channel 4‘s longest running drama series, Shameless, is to end with next year’s 11th series.
Shameless creator Paul Abbott said the 10th anniversary of the drama’s first outing seemed a fitting time to bring it to an end.
The final series of 14 episodes is being filmed in Manchester, bringing the total to 139.
“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,” Abbott said. “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.” Jay Hunt, Channel 4 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 and I’m delighted to say we have other drama projects with Paul in the pipeline.”
Shameless, made by independent producer Company Pictures, first aired on Channel 4 in January 2004.
The drama won critical acclaim for its portrayal of a dysfunctional family surviving on benefits, petty crime and scams on the fictional Chatsworth council estate in Manchester, drawing on Abbott’s own experience from what he described as his “sub-working class” upbringing in Burnley.
Shameless broke new ground in its depiction of a part of society rarely seen in TV drama – and drew criticism from some quarters for its warts-and-all portrayal of feckless patriarch Frank Gallagher and his family.
David Threlfall, who plays Frank Gallagher, is the only survivor of the original lead actors – from a cast that also included Maxine Peake, Anne-Marie Duff, James McAvoy and Dean Lennox Kelly.
The drama was initially filmed on location on a council estate in the Manchester suburb of West Gorton, where a local teenager was served with an asbo for intimidating the Shameless production team during filming of the second series in 2004.
After four series, in 2007, production switched to a purpose-built set on an industrial estate in Wythenshawe, another area of Manchester.
Jason Deans – The Guardian