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About SHAMELESS (UK) & Episode Guides

About SHAMELESS (UK) & Episode Guides

Shameless (UK) Premiered on Channel 4 on January 26, 2004

About the Show:
Blisteringly funny, offbeat drama following the rollercoaster lives and loves of an anarchic family from Manchester. Meet the Gallaghers. Mum went AWOL years ago, Dad stayed at home with the six children only to hit the bottle. And sometimes the kids... The real head of the family is big sister Fiona (20), who looks after Carl (11), Debbie (9) and baby Liam (3). She is occasionally helped, more often hindered, by reluctant virgin 'Lip' (16) and the actively gay, but very private, Ian (15).

Welcome to a hectic world of sexual adventures, triumphs, love, scams and a fair bit of crime on a rough Manchester housing estate, where wheel-less cars are the norm and the moving ones are stolen.


Actor’s name

Character’s name

David ThrelfallFrank Gallagher
Elliott TittensorCarl Gallagher
Joseph FurnaceLiam Gallagher
Tina MaloneMimi Maguire
Rebecca AtkinsonKaren Jackson Maguire
Aaron McCuskerJamie Maguire
Ciaran GriffithsMickey Maguire
Nicky EvansShane Maguire
Sally CarmanKelly-Marie Maguire
Valerie LilleyPatty Croker
Alice BarryLillian Tyler
Joanna HigsonMaxine Donnelly
Qasim AkhtarChesney Karib
Aysha KalaSita Desai
Karen BrysonAvril Powell
Kira MartinLetitia Powell
Emmanuel IghodaroJackson Powell
Annabelle ApsionMonica Gallagher
Pauline McLynnLibby Croker
Gerald KearnsIan Gallagher
Sean GilderPaddy Maguire
Amanda RyanCarrie Rogers
Dystin JohnsonNorma Starkey
Michael LeggeTom O'Leary
Rebecca RyanDebbie Gallagher
Samantha SiddallMandy Maguire
Jody LathamLip Gallagher
Dean Lennox KellyKev
Jack DeamMarty Fisher
Maggie O'NeillSheila Jackson
Marjorie YatesCarol Fisher
Maxine PeakeVeronica Fisher
Anthony FlanaganTony
James McAvoySteve McBride
Luke TittensorCarl Gallagher (2004)

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Season 1

Episode 1:
Having her handbag stolen proves to be a blessing in disguise for Fiona when handsome stranger Steve comes to her rescue.

Lip is shocked to discover Ian could be gay and decides his brother should pay a 'visit' to the ever-accommodating Karen Jackson. But the sudden arrival of her furious father ensures Ian's already slim chances of happiness with Karen take a severe blow.

Meanwhile, Steve buys Fiona a romantic gift, but for some reason she is less than impressed with her brand new washing machine.

Lip is even less impressed on discovering that Ian is dating a married man but a heart to heart between the brothers leads Lip to accept his brother's sexuality.

Episode 2:
After a fight with Steve, Frank Gallagher disappears and fails to return to collect his Giro. The Gallaghers panic further when a body is discovered in a nearby river.

Frank, meanwhile, is waking up somewhere in France. After scaring the locals, he ends up in jail.

When news of this reaches the Chatsworth Estate, neighbours Kev and Veronica set out to bring Frank home.

When he returns to find Steve living in his house, another drunken night out leads Frank to move in with loopy neighbour Sheila, leaving his family to fend for themselves...

Episode 3:
Mentioning wedding plans to discourage an amorous female customer, barman Kev is overheard by Frank who tells everyone in the pub.

After drunken celebrations, Kev proposes to girlfriend Veronica but the following morning admits he is already married.

When Veronica's mum hears of the wedding and tells Veronica her father had left her money to pay for it, they decide to fake the wedding and use the money to pay for their house.

Meanwhile Ian rejects classmate Mandy, who sets her brother on him and forces Ian to admit to Mandy's brother he is gay.

Veronica's crazy brother Marty escapes from jail and burns down the toilets at their wedding, leaving Kev and Veronica to pay the bill and unable to buy their house.

Episode 4:
When a small child goes missing from a children's party on the Chatsworth estate, Frank turns the crowd into a lynch mob.

Episode 5:
Frank and Karen hit the road for their driving lesson, but Karen adds some extra-curricular manoeuvres to the timetable. Meanwhile, Ian and Kash are caught in the act by Kash's wife Yvonne.

Episode 6:
Frank stuns the family by turning up in the morning to get his post when it's not even Giro day. It soon transpires that he's hatching a plan to get his hands on maintenance from his ex-wife.

Episode 7:
Frank is only worrying about himself as usual, and things are not looking good. The housing office is on to him, his debts are piling up and the bailiffs are still on the doorstep.

Episode 8: (Christmas Special)
Forget a traditional Christmas and prepare for the outrageous Gallagher clan and the entire Chatsworth Estate to bring their own chaotic brand of Christmas cheer.



Season 2

Episode 1:
Frank's dad Neville turns up at Sheila's to see his new grandchildren, the latest additions to the Gallagher clan

Episode 2:
Everyone's partying round at Kev and Veronica's when Frank takes a call. Hours later, he remembers to mention that social services are on their way - and it's a mad dash to clean up.

Episode 3:
Things liven up on the estate when the council run a Best Kept Garden competition to win a year's free rent. Carol and Veronica both get green-fingered, and light-fingered, trying to win.

Episode 4:
Wedding preparations are well under way in the Gallagher house for the impending nuptials of Fiona and Steve. But when Steve's car goes missing, he's desperate to get it back.

Episode 5:
When Sheila asks Lip to water the plants for a neighbour who's away on holiday, he finds a haven of tranquillity. But when the place is burgled, Lip gets the blame.

Episode 6:
Mandy is pretending to be Ian's girlfriend to hide the fact that he's gay. But when she gets pregnant, the Maguires threaten him with castration if he doesn't marry their girl.

Episode 7:
It's Ladies' Night at the Jockey and Fiona thinks she's copped off with footballer Ryan, but to her horror, she wakes up next to the far less desirable Joey Dawson...

Episode 8:
Frank falls foul of two shifty accident claims salesmen after being hit in the mouth by the door at Kash's shop. Meanwhile, Fiona confesses to Veronica that she's pregnant.

Episode 9:
Debbie's on a mission to help Marty, who has an impending court appearance for a breach of the peace. Meanwhile, Fiona is suffering from morning sickness.

Episode 10:
It's the local elections, and Kash is running for Chatsworth's Councillor, against dirty dealing Bernie Creme. Meanwhile, Frank tries to persuade Lillian to cash in on her misfortune.

Episode 11: (Christmas Special)
The Gallagher family get merry.



Season 3

Episode 1:
When five-year-old Liam denounces religion at his RC Primary School and risks a home-visit by his teacher and therefore the social services, sister Debbie has to think fast

Episode 2:
Lip finds a new friend when he starts as a porter at a hotel, but he turns out to be decidedly dodgy. Elsewhere, Kev's sister starts lodging at Sheila and Frank's

Episode 3:
After being knocked to the ground during a purse robbery at the shop, a heavily pregnant Mandy Maguire gives birth to Lip's daughter. But the Maguires won't let him anywhere near them.

Episode 4:
When Carol discovers her best friend Lillian had an affair with her husband back in the seventies, she takes her revenge by reporting Lillian to the DSS

Episode 5:
Kev is stricken with shock and grief when, on his 35th birthday, his mother throws herself from her balcony. Adding to the misery, Roxy returns after being released from prison.

Episode 6:
The Gallagher clan can't believe it when Carl starts to bring money into the household. But his mini-enterprise soon attracts the attention of the police.

Episode 7:
When Debbie makes friends with a popular girl her own age, she realises what she's been missing out on and goes on strike. Meanwhile, Frank becomes a medical guinea pig.

Episode 8:
Frank and Sheila's wedding day looms, but there's a surprise in store for Frank when Sheila reveals what really happened to her ex-husband Sheldon



Season 4

Episode 1:
Frank sets fire to his dinner and ends up in hospital. Unable to reach Sheila, the hospital contact his other wife Monica who rushes to be by Frank's side.

She turns up later at Lip's surprise birthday party and receives a frosty reception from Debbie. Debbie refuses to forgive Monica for abandoning the family six years ago but Monica is undeterred and announces that she is back for good.

Debbie contacts Norma and begs her to come and get Monica back as her mother has set her sights on seducing Frank. Norma decides to camp in the Gallagher's back garden, convinced that Monica will eventually change her mind.

Meanwhile, Kev, Veronica and Marty have gone missing. Everyone is shocked when Kev and Veronica appear on the news, arrested for attempting to buy a baby in Romania. Everyone except the Maguires who throw out all of Kev and Veronica's belongings and move into their house!

Marty then turns up with the stolen Romanian baby and is immediately arrested. Thankfully Sue convinces the police officers that the baby is hers and he is released.

Episode 2:
Frank struggles to stop Monica telling Sheila that they're still married, but when Monica comes on strong, can he resist her advances?

Jamie Maguire is released from prison after doing 10 years for murder. Much to the disappointment of the Maguires, Jamie returns a reformed man.

He refuses to get involved with any of their dodgy dealings and gets a job behind the bar of The Jockey instead. He soon moves out of their house and rents a room above the pub.

Sheila tries to seduce Monica to find out if she is actually a lesbian. Monica rejects her advances and they both end up sharing a police cell. In desperation, Sheila tries to help Norma win Monica back but Monica is still too busy chasing after Frank to notice.

Episode 3:
Frank finally succumbs to Monica's advances and they begin an affair. Sheila arranges an anniversary party but soon finds out about Frank's infidelity. She is unable to control her rage and ends up throwing knives that narrowly miss Frank's head.

Meanwhile, Lip and Ian decide to earn cash by selling all the junk they find around the estate which goes well until they find a severed hand in a pile of rubbish.

They discover that the hand belongs to a member of the Maguire family. The Maguires assume that it is Mickey that has been killed and begin to mourn his loss. However, after Mickey arrives home, they realise that it was in fact Fergal who was murdered.

When Frank disappears, Sheila worries that she may have killed him and buried him under the patio alongside her ex-husband. When she finds him alive and well in the pub, she gives him an ultimatum; he must choose between her and Monica.

Frank rushes back to Shelia to declare that she is the woman he wants to be with. Sheila is thrilled but Frank ruins it when he lets on that he never bothered to divorce Monica. Sheila is devastated and leaves him, taking the twins with her.

After being left in the lurch, Frank runs over to Monica to repeat exactly what he said to Sheila. This time all goes smoothly and the Gallagher family is reunited once again.

Episode 4:
Ian receives a letter informing him that he no longer has a job at the Kash and Carry due to financial pressures.

Ian then knocks over a woman on a motorbike who happens to be in possession of scratch cards stolen from the Maguires. She begs Ian to let her stay at his house. Ian begins an unlikely affair with the runaway girl who he hides in the attic.

Yvonne finds out that Kash is in serious debt and that he wants to take a loan out on her shop. She refuses to allow it and forces him to forge a suicide note and fake his death.

Meanwhile, Mimi stops speaking when she finds out her brother has died and that the severed hand is Fergal's. Paddy tries to force Liam to propose to Mandy to replace Mimi's loss with a new 'son' but finds out Ian is involved with the stolen scratch cards.

They want Lip to hand over the girl but Ian helps her escape and the feud between the Gallaghers and Maguires seems to be at its worst until suddenly Mimi speaks again, and all is forgotten.

Episode 5:
Frank is forced to move back in with his family when he finds out Sheila is planning to sell her house. Tensions rise when Monica objects to Debbie receiving all of Frank's attention and tells her she should be dating boys like all the other girls her age.

So Debbie goes out with her new neighbour until Frank tries to end the relationship when he hears his family are strict Catholics.

Love is in the air as Mickey Maguire makes a move on Ian, who seems happy with his advances. When he finds out Mickey taught his dog to perform a sexual act on him, he soon backs off.

Jamie proposes to Karen and despite never having gone on a single date with one another, she accepts. To celebrate their engagement, Mimi offers to take Karen out which results in her becoming an accomplice in a raid.

Episode 6:
Carrie, the new local and over-zealous copper, is desperate to arrest the Gallaghers so the crime on the estate will go down. The other coppers are too besotted by her to report her for unprofessional conduct and, at times, violent behaviour.

Carl prepares a birthday meal for Monica only to find her in a compromising position with Norma. Things look bad for Frank until Shane offers him a job selling ecstasy tablets from an ice cream van.

Karen is increasingly upset about how controlling the Maguires are and snaps when Mimi gives her a bib adorned with a baby girl's name that Mimi has already chosen.

Karen gives Jamie her engagement ring back and calls the wedding off. When the Maguires find out, they kidnapp Karen and tie her to a chair until she is prepared to change her mind.

In true romantic fashion, Jamie rescues her and declares he is willing to become estranged from his family if she takes him back. She does and all ends well.

Episode 7:
Frank blurts out that he had originally chosen Sheila before having to pick Monica. Monica admits that she is still sleeping with Norma.

When Frank finds out that Norma has loads of cash, he sneaks into her camper van to steal her money. She wakes up just as he is reaching for the cash strapped to her thigh and assumes he is attempting to rape her. She immediatly reports him to the police.

Norma plans to take Frank to court but offers to drop the charges if Frank accepts some money to disappear. Frank reluctantly agrees until Monica uses her means of persuasion to make Norma drop the charges.

Yvonne is running an illegal call centre in the back of her shop and asks Lip to help her fix the computers. He meets Nadia and begins to flirt with her until Ian tells her Nadia is actually a man. Lip is visibly disgusted and his reaction offends Ian who only forgives Lip after he agrees to accompany him to a gay bar.

In another typically quiet day in Chatsworth, an explosion confuses everyone as to who might have caused it. The situation is quickly resolved when Paddy admits he is missing the semtex he was hiding for his 'cousins.

Episode 8:
Carl helps Norma devise a plan to win Monica back. She pretends that she is going to leave for Texas for good. She revamps her camper van and on realising how much money she has spent, a mercinary Monica plans to go with her.

However, Carl slips the money he saved into Frank's pocket and when Monica sees Frank going through his new found wad of cash, she decides to stay with the Gallaghers.

Paddy suspects that Jamie may be behind the deaths of his ex cell mates and asks Karen what really happened on their weekends away. Karen is unaware of the situation but overhears Jamie admitting to Paddy that he killed them to avenge Feargal's death. Karen thinks that Jamie only agreed to marry her for an alibi.

Jamie makes a tape of himself confessing to the crimes and Mimi tracks Karen down and shows her the video. She gives Karen the confessional tape and tells her to keep it. Karen realises how much she means to Jamie and runs to make it to her wedding.



Season 5

Episode 1:
Just another drunken night out turns into a nightmare for Frank when he mistakes an electrical generator for a urinal. At hospital he's told that tests show he has a heart condition and may not make it to the weekend.

Episode 2:
A thoughtless comment from an ex-boyfriend makes Mimi face up to her weight issues

Episode 3:
When Monica starts getting visions of nursery rhyme characters, she knows what's going on - she's going to have another baby

Episode 4:
When people think Frank's won the lottery he's not about to say otherwise with endless free drinks coming his way

Episode 5:
Shane falls for his perfect woman but when she takes him back to her place he's in for a surprise

Episode 6:
A mishap with baby Katie and a bag of Es results in a standoff between Mandy and Frank

Episode 7:
A gas leak at the Gallaghers' brings sexy fireman Sean to Ian and Mandy's attention. But which of them will win the race to get fireman Sean into bed?

Episode 8:
On the bus to a re-start course, Frank has the briefest of encounters with a beautiful stranger, and Lillian's assigned to a witness protection programme

Episode 9:
Monica has a visitor - it's her mother and all Monica's insecurities come flooding back. But Joan has Alzheimer's and has an important task for Monica - but she can't remember what it is.

Episode 10:
Jamie's former cell mate Mark comes to stay, but Karen doesn't trust him and she's got a fight on her hands if she's to prevent Mark from leading Jamie back into a life of crime

Episode 11:
When Paddy's caught on camera for an armed robbery, Mimi begs him to call his brother, Noel. But Paddy has a dark history with his sibling and would rather go to jail.

Episode 12:
When Stan gets caught in the crossfire between Yvonne and her kids, a full-blown row puts their relationship on the rocks. Things go from bad to worse when Yvonne finds herself held at gunpoint in the shop.

Episode 13:
Mandy is persuaded into going on a blind date. It seems like she's struck gold, until her first night of sex and drugs turns into a nightmare.

Episode 14:
After Mandy gets arrested for suspected drug running she forms the most unlikely of friendships and finds herself helping Tom search for his real mother

Episode 15:
Norma wakes up in a stranger's jogging bottoms after a night on the tiles and sets off on a wild goose chase to find out whomever it was she slept with the night before

Episode 16:
When Manchester experiences an earth tremor, Monica's waters break and she goes into labour. On the other side of Chatsworth, the same tremor knocks Frank off his barstool and puts him in a coma.



Season 6

Episode 1:
Ian is assaulted, and left shaken and confused about his attacker's motive. When the stranger strikes again, Ian is left hospitalised - and there's more bad news when he regains consciousness: he's got amnesia.

Suddenly he's an alien amongst his own family and friends, and even his own sexuality is a mystery.

Meanwhile it's Debbie's 16th birthday. Tom decides it's time to go public with their relationship, but Debbie has doubts about whether they ever really had one...

Kelly has bad news for Shane about her pregnancy, and Frank and Monica are faced with an impossible challenge over newborn baby Stella.

And Ian's amnesia brings him a whole new perspective on his life, leaving him questioning if Chatsworth is the place for him after all.

Episode 2:
With the launch night of the newly redecorated Jockey looming, Jamie and Karen are feeling the pressure in their relationship. The honeymoon period is well and truly over - but can a lesbian encounter put the spice back into their marriage?

In the wake of Ian's departure, Micky looks to expand his horizons and enrols on a film course. Soon Micky discovers a hidden talent, and some new friends in the shape of his tutor Liz and her husband Ady. The couple soon introduce him to the world of swinging when they seduce him into bed.

An accident sends Carl to hospital where he takes up a job and is befriended by auxiliary nurse Maxine. Maxine is introduced to the rest of the Gallaghers, but Carl feels left out when Debbie and Maxine spark up a friendship.

Meanwhile Stan's attempts to bond with Chesney and Meena land them in trouble with the police and Norma makes a grim discovery while refurbishing the Jockey. And Mandy meets a new man in the form of Jamie's football team mate, Joe.

Episode 3:
Frank is shocked to discover he's been a victim of identity fraud and even more horrified that, as a result, his record has been wiped clean and he's eligible for jury service. He's soon enjoying the perks of claimed expenses as he and fellow juror Helen conspire to delay the verdict for as long as possible. Will their closeness affect the outcome of the court case?

Mickey and Shane scam tourists with their 'Madchester' tours of Manchester in Mickey's limo. When complaints are reported, Mickey is hotly pursued by Carrie, and in his bid for escape through a dilapidated building both end up handcuffed and trapped together. Soon Mickey and Carrie are sharing their private thoughts and things take an intimate turn.

Elsewhere, with Katie unable to settle at night in the Gallagher house because of baby Stella, Mandy comes to the conclusion that it is time to move on - but with a broody Mimi desperately wanting Mandy and Katie home, how will she take the news of Mandy's new choice of abode?

Tom is less than impressed by Stan's efforts to cheer him up and a prank war ensues.

Episode 4:
Monica is feeling neglected when her sexual advances are rejected by Frank, and she's determined to get her groove back. Can a hypnotist night at the Jockey be the answer to her problems?

Carl's new job leads to a sexy encounter. However, he begins to worry when he experiences pain passing water. Diagnosed with an STI, Carl embarks on a mission to inform all his past sexual conquests.

Meanwhile, the Maguires are outraged when they discover that the grave of son Fergal has been desecrated. Paddy sets out to catch the culprits, but a female stranger catches his attention instead...

Mandy gets body conscious when Karen offers a bikini wax after overhearing how Mandy's new boyfriend, Joe, hates hairy women.

Elsewhere, Mickey's relationship with the married couple hits a brick wall when he discovers the true sexuality of the husband; and Jamie's dirty text to Karen goes awry when it is sent to the wrong mobile. But who is the recipient?

Episode 5:
Karen and Jamie's relationship is rocked when Karen suffers a miscarriage. Both unaware of the pregnancy, the two try to come to terms with what's happened. However, the Maguire's reaction to the loss of a 'grandson' only heightens the friction in Jamie and Karen's relationship.

Debbie is pleased when Liam wins a modelling competition she entered him in. In the interest of a cash prize, and a photo shoot in Blackpool, Debbie is determined to keep it hush-hush from Monica. But when Monica gets wind of this, she invites herself along on the trip, much to the family's disappointment...

Tom takes his prank war with Stan too far, and Carl makes a list of the sexiest women on the Chatsworth estate.

Episode 6:
Disorientated and chained to a bed in a strange room, Paddy wakes to discover he can't remember where he is or how he got there.

Enter Maureen, the woman he's been secretly seeing ever since they met in the graveyard, and things seem to become a little clearer.

When Maureen refuses to release Paddy or provide him answers on what she plans to do, he becomes alarmingly worried. Is this all a sex game or something much more sinister?

A DSS investigation into the Gallaghers causes concern for Frank and Monica. Tensions arise between the two and when Frank's attempts to change the DSS inspector's mind fail. Frank desperately asks Monica to step in and win the DSS inspector back on side, but will he regret relying on Monica?

Meanwhile Carl's suspicions about Mickey's sexuality grow, so he sets out to test which gender he is really attracted to. Tom's last ditch romantic gesture to win Debbie back has detrimental effects and Carrie decides it's time for pastures new.

Episode 7:
Ian returns from his travels, unaware that the car he's driving back to England harbours a secret cargo. Ian makes an even more shocking discovery when returning home to the Gallagher house to find history has repeated itself.

It's Paddy and Mimi's anniversary. With a party planned at the Jockey and still no sign of Paddy, Mimi becomes increasingly worried about his fate.

Debbie and Maxine's shoplifting trip goes horribly wrong when the two girls find themselves locked inside a shopping centre over night. And Shane and Kelly are horrified when they realise their private sex video is being sold around Chatsworth - but who would do such a thing?

Episode 8:
Paddy is back. Desperate to conceal the truth of his whereabouts, Paddy spins Mimi a lie, but he has vengeance on his mind.

Aware that his will-power to control his enforced heroin addiction is waning, Paddy caves to his cravings and secretly shoots up. Despite his best efforts to keep his addiction from Mimi, a suspicious Kelly discovers the truth - but will she tell anyone?

In the wake of Monica's abandonment, things are slowly returning back to normal in the Gallagher household. When Frank is informed he has inherited a home, the family celebrate a new start away from Chatsworth. To the kids' disappointment, Frank is determined Chatsworth is the place to stay.

After Kelly resigns from Lillian's brothel, she and Shane enjoy scamming unsuspecting male clients in hotels across the city - until a sting goes horribly wrong for Shane.

Karen applies for a wedding licence, and Jamie's suggestion of becoming part-licensee goes ignored. In retaliation, Jamie deliberately ruins her chances of gaining the licence, which results in all out war between the two.

Episode 9:
Following Shane's accident, no one is sure if he will ever be the same again after he is left partially paralysed. Battle lines are drawn between Mimi and Kelly as they go to war over who will help aid his recovery - with Shane trapped in the cross fire.

How long will Kelly keep her cool with Mimi before she is forced to tell all about Patrick's addiction?

With the departure of Monica, Norma is left contemplating her own future on the Chatsworth estate. She embarks on a journey back to her past, where an old face offers her a chance for a fresh start, but is it what Norma really wants?

Alarm bells begin ringing for Karen when she suspects all is not right in Mandy and Joe's relationship. Karen wanders into dangerous territory when her interfering results in something she will ultimately regret.

Episode 10:
The Gallaghers receive a letter from Liam's school summoning both his parents to the head teacher. With Monica gone, the family are forced to pull together and appear conventional - with Norma literally taking up Monica's role.

When they learn that Liam has earned a special scholarship, conflicts arise over who will be a responsible chaperone. To everyone's surprise Frank steps up. But could his actions jeopardise Liam's chances of a brighter future?

Patrick becomes increasingly agitated as Mimi takes control of his addiction. Sticking to him like glue she is determined to help him get off the smack.

Tension between Jamie and Karen reach breaking-point when Karen sacks Jamie. Jamie won't go quietly and demands his share of The Jockey in cash.

Meanwhile, Mickey gets caught with his hands somewhere they shouldn't be and Kelly recruits a skint Meena to do Shane's physio. Will Meena's work become too physical?

Episode 11:
When Jamie finds out Joe has been battering Mandy, he puts Joe in hospital. With Jamie's previous murder conviction, the Maguires refuse to let him go back behind bars, so Mimi steps into the breach and takes the rap for her son.

With Patrick feigning illness to hide his addiction and a rival clan on the horizon, this is the last thing that the Maguires need. The pressure falls on Jamie to take over the family business, but will he step up to the plate?

Mandy is trapped in no-man's-land between Joe and her family - where do her loyalties really lie?

Back at the Maguire's, Frank catches Patrick with a loaded syringe. Is it only a matter of time before the whole family discovers his addiction?

Meanwhile, Debbie is struggling to manage the family on nothing, but Maxine has a cunning plan, and Micky finds himself on the wrong end of a pronged baton.

Episode 12:
Ian becomes angry with Liam when he discovers that he has been skipping school. He soon finds out that Danny is responsible for Liam's absence and suspects that there is more to this than meets the eye.

All is revealed when Ian uncovers that Danny has been attempting to find his father. When Ian learns about Danny's violent past, he questions his own treatment of Danny - is he too late to stop him from doing something he'll regret?

Patrick goes cold turkey and faces his demons, but can he come out clean and make a fresh start? And although Mimi faces an uncertain prison sentence, her main concern is Patrick's past infidelity.

With Joe recovering, Mandy is under mounting pressure from all sides to leave him, but the decision is hers alone. And Meena takes her modelling career in a raunchy direction, much to Yvonne's disapproval.

Episode 13:
The Gallagher unit is rocked when an unexpected visit from the social services catches them off guard. Debbie's worst fears are confirmed when she returns from a night out to discover Liam and Stella taken into care.

The Gallaghers fall apart, and in the aftermath Debbie unleashes her fury on Frank. This propels him on an almighty bender, but can Frank realise the solution to their problems won't be found at the bottom of a pint glass?

Every teenage boy's fantasy becomes reality for Chesney when he is introduced to a married housewife who pops his cherry. Soon he discovers that love isn't always straightforward as he slowly unravels the truth about Lorna's intentions.

Joe offers to drop the charges against Mimi on the condition that Mandy gets back with him. With no other options, Mandy takes Joe back with the intention to leave him as soon as the charges are dropped.

The rest of the Maguire clan have serious doubts that Mandy will stay true to her word, while Jamie and Karen finally reconcile.

Episode 14:
Yvonne gets a shock when she is confronted by a ghost from her past, and the consequences aren't worth thinking about. Desperate to keep the truth from Chesney and Meena, Yvonne has to think fast.

When it is revealed that the intentions for the revisit are motivated by money, Stan steps up and proposes definitive methods to keep the past dead and buried.

In the battle to win back Liam and Stella, Frank becomes a domestic God and struggles to stay straight, but will his sobriety ruin their hopes of getting them back? Debbie takes a more drastic route until she realises that the answer may be only a few doors away.

Upon her release from prison, Mimi finally breaks her silence and gives Patrick her take on the future of their marriage. Mimi is shocked when Patrick refuses to submit to her terms and their marriage reaches stalemate.

Episode 15:
After managing to upset everyone Frank gets cast out for the night by Debbie. He seeks shelter in a confessional booth, where he overhears a neighbour's shocking confession.

Frank is soon unwittingly drawn into the secrets of murder, intrigue and lust of the Chatsworth residents. To tell or not to tell is a catch-22 - whatever he chooses, the consequences will be dire.

Mimi and Patrick's marriage is beyond redemption, but the Maguire's don't see divorce as an option. Soon Mimi thinks up a solution to end the marriage for good, but will Patrick retaliate before it's too late?

Debbie's one-night-stand, Mark, makes a surprise return. Mark begins a relentless attempt to woo her, but will Debbie let Mark into her life? Meanwhile Maxine confesses her feelings for Carl.

When Ian announces his intentions to leave Chatsworth, Liam comes up with a plan to keep him on the estate.

Episode 16:
It's been a tough year for our Chatsworth residents: we've seen them survive benefit fraud, brothels, stints in jail, stings-gone-wrong, fake suicides, cold turkey, lesbian romps, lingerie parties, abandonment and a family torn apart and put back together again. What else could possibly happen?

Patrick has lost his grip on his marriage and family - still haunted by dreams of his kidnapper, he resolves to banish his demons in order to take back control.

A man on a mission, he tracks down the woman responsible for what he has become - Maureen. Consequently, the Maguires will never, ever be the same again.

Frank becomes a self-styled martyr, but to his horror he discovers his child benefit has stopped. And so he sets out on a rampage of justice in an attempt to get it back.

Meanwhile, Maxine still harbours secret feelings for an oblivious Carl. When he embarks on a VIP night out, blagging his way into an exclusive club, Maxine comes up with a plan to teach him a lesson.

And with Mandy preparing to move in with Joe, Karen's guilt gets the better of her and she braces herself to tell Mandy her shocking secret.

contributed by codebreaker


Season 7

Episode 1:
It's Frank's 50th and Liam has the dubious honour of sharing the auspicious day with him on his 11th birthday. Uncharacteristically, Frank snubs the chance of a party, and instead opts to dwell in his own lonely loveless existence until... Libby, a local librarian falls into his life.

His passion reignited, a whirlwind romance ensues - but will Libby's mother Patty (a full-time wheelchair user), bibliophile activists and riot police stand in the way of Frank holding onto his new love?

Meanwhile, Liam's inherited the dirty nappies, rubber gloves and responsibility of the Gallagher household. Nin, Liam's great grandmother, offers to move in and help ease his burden, but a selfish Frank rejects her. Liam is infuriated. Unable to cope herself, Nin is spurred into homicidal action and in turn teaches Liam a priceless lesson in surviving as a Gallagher.

Elsewhere, whilst an overdue Karen worries about the paternity of her unborn baby, an oblivious Jamie and the rest of the Maguire clan prepare for the imminent arrival. Joe lurks in the background, but a medical emergency soon brings him to the fore and back in favour with the Maguires.

Episode 2:
The Maguire clan is fully mobilised for the christening of its newest member baby Connor, with Mimi pulling all the strings. Her first act, reallocating godmother duties, leaves now 'ex' godmother Kelly devastated.

Shane is stuck in the unenviable position of being forced to take sides between Kelly's need for acceptance and his mum's pursuit of respectability. Kelly demands he permanently cut the apron strings if their relationship is to last.

Paddy's attempt to get involved in the family celebration is derailed by his own personal credit crunch. Papering over the cracks in his relationships, Paddy tries to press-gang Shane and Jamie into his new plan for the family business. While the lads turn him down, an eager Mickey is overlooked.

Feeling ever more isolated, a fatal mistake by Paddy means Mickey must come to his rescue. At his lowest ebb, Paddy takes the christening opportunity to cleanse his own soul in front of the astonished family.

Meanwhile Karen's spending is burdening her and Jamie under a mountain of debt whilst her affair with Joe threatens to spiral out of control. At the Gallaghers, Carl's experiment in the bedroom shocks Maxine into retaliatory strap-on action!

Episode 3:
Karen's obsessive drive to prove herself more than just a mum has Jamie worried. With the help of a trampoline and a battalion of baton twirling majorettes her body is in perfect shape but her mind is in danger of unravelling, leaving the Maguires to pick up the pieces.

Liam's pursuit of his first true love is threatened when he becomes tangled in a web of his own lies. His desperate attempts to conceal his Chatsworth life are shattered when Frank is summoned to the school.

Maxine's life is thrown into turmoil when she is presented with an urgent choice. At the time she needs Carl most she finds him following in Frank's footsteps at the bottom of a pint glass. She turns to Ian for support.

Elsewhere on Chatsworth, Yvonne is in debt and out of her depth when Paddy comes collecting. The Karibs concoct a plan leaving the shop under new management, Paddy enraged and Chesney starting a new independent life. Meanwhile, Mickey finds a plumber to help him with his neglected pipework.

Episode 4:
Mimi gets a toy boy, Billy the Jockey football team's star striker, but her happiness is short-lived when she discovers her new beau is the not the man she thought he was. So when Billy tries to blackmail Mimi into continuing to see him, she decides to teach him a Maguire life lesson he will never forget.

Shane and Kelly encourage Paddy to get back into the dating game; only to have their proposal rejected. Unperturbed, Shane rallies his brothers together and arranges a night out for Paddy. At the club Paddy's embarrassing 'Saturday Night Fever' dance routine cause his sons to abandon him. Emasculated, he returns home where he finds his own opportunity to make a proposal.

Elsewhere, Frank is temporarily blinded by bootleg vodka. Rejecting doctor's orders to detox, the family take advantage of his blindness and set about turning his vices into virtues. Joe settles in as the new manager of the shop and in an attempt to make more money on the side, makes a deal with Shane.

Episode 5:
Maxine is desperate to make a good impression at her parents' party so cajoles Ian into pretending to be her boyfriend. He reluctantly agrees, but their act unearths deep feelings that take everyone by surprise.

Meanwhile, Carl realises what he's lost by splitting up with Maxine so he is determined to win her back. But Carl soon finds love and hate are two sides of the same coin when Micky reveals a painful secret.

At the Jockey, Mimi does her best to conceal Karen's illness after she returns from the psychiatric unit. While Karen settles back into Chatsworth life, Jamie struggles to cope with the reality of living with mental illness. Escaping for a night out, Jamie meets Michelle, a Madame of a thriving male Escort Agency who plans to seduce him into a murky but lucrative new job.

While Lillian is away, Kelly takes control of the brothel and is soon making a fortune from an untapped market. Paddy is keen to get in on the action but Kelly's not interested, so he forces Chesney to become part of the Maguire organisation and accept an offer he can't refuse.

Episode 6:
Paddy's plans to salsa into the sunset with his new love D'een are scuppered when Mimi forces him to guarantee the financial security of the family with one last job - targeting the drug money of notorious psychopath Roscoe.
Torn between a new life with D'reen and his family responsibilities, Patrick calls upon his sons for help.

Meanwhile, Liam is suffocating under an avalanche of household debts and the fallout from trying to gamble his way out of trouble. Looked upon as a massive disappointment by Frank, and with no options left, he is driven to desperate measures.

And Jamie is literally flat-out trying to keep his family afloat while Karen is coming apart at the seams.

Episode 7:
Frank's romantic interest, Libby, returns and her time away has only increased her ardour. Armed with just a mobile library she is determined to bring knowledge to the people and rekindle her romance.

Libby's romantic delusion is only punctured when she witnesses the 'real' Frank, leaving her Elizabeth Bennett without the Mr Darcy she craved. But overwhelmed by his desire, Frank strains every sinew to win her back using an unfamiliar weapon, honesty.

Jamie focuses all his energies into giving his Madam, Michelle, whatever she wants in order to pay off Karen's debts.

But his unusual behaviour rattles Karen's delicate disposition and raises Paddy's suspicions and when Michelle makes it clear she wants more than Jamie can give, the pressure mounts.

Risking the fury of a woman scorned, but with everything he cares for at stake, Jamie has no choice but to find a way out.

Meanwhile, Lillian invests in a new HD television to keep the punters happy, but soon realises she has purchased a conduit to the afterlife.

Episode 8:
Wedding bells are in the air on the estate, a little too frequently for the police, as the Maguire's exploit a new money-making scheme.

Business turns to pleasure when Shane asks Kelly to marry him, but his dream soon becomes a nightmare when she turns him down.

As his life unravels Shane uncovers a terrible betrayal by those closest to him and must suffer for the sins of his father. Hitting rock bottom he finds the strength to make an important decision.

Now Libby and her mother are firmly nestled in the Gallagher house, Frank 'volunteers' to paint Patty's converted bedroom.

But in the pursuit of a bargain, Frank falls and feigns injury leading to a potentially disastrous face-off with Patty.

Elsewhere, Chesney holds a house party to get close to Sammy, but a promise turns to a threat when blood is spilt, leaving awful consequences.

Episode 9:
Carl and Chesney's attempt to outrun their troubles make them realise the grass isn't always greener.

Stranded on a Welsh farm they are offered sanctuary by a mysterious woman, Hazel. But things soon turn sour when news reaches them that they are now the prime suspects for Bonehead's murder.

Back home, Liam and Maxine seem to be the only ones concerned by their disappearance which forces Ian to confront Jimmy, the real murderer, in order to establish the truth.

Elsewhere, Mickey and Liam have been picked by the council to make a local community film in the hope it will inspire the residents of Chatsworth now that their estate has been identified as the most run down in Britain.

With Kelly and Shane's help Mickey decides to stretch poetic licence in pursuit of glory, whilst Liam uses the competition as a cover to film evidence that could save Carl and Chesney from prison.

Meanwhile, in a bid to better herself, Mimi joins the WI, but is humiliated and ostracised by the group, who make it clear she will never belong. In revenge, Mimi decides to pep up their annual calendar shoot with her own special mixture.

Episode 10:
Shane is devastated to discover he's 'firing blanks' and while he frets, Kelly is reconciled to their future without children. The Maguire men refuse to let one of their own be struck down so decide to take matters into their own hands and get their heads together to come up with a sticky solution. Although Shane is keen to take up their offer Kelly refuses, and with Liam's help, both realise the answer to their problem lies closer to home.

Carl and Chesney return to the Chatsworth and live undercover in Joe's storeroom. When Maxine discovers the boys are back, she risks her relationship with Ian by secretly concocting a plan to get them out of trouble. Carl prefers a more direct option, which puts all the Gallaghers in danger. While others choose to turn a blind eye, including Paddy, Shane refuses to stand by and do nothing, teaching Jimmy and his gang a lesson they will never forget.

Meanwhile, Libby's attempts to set up a book club backfire when she, with Frank's encouragement, becomes an unwitting modern-day Robin Hood.

Episode 11:
Liam befriends World War Two veteran, Reggie, to help him with a school project. Troubled and lonely without his sister and fed up with Libby's well-intentioned interference at home, Liam finds solace in his friendship with the old man. But when Libby spies on them, she jumps to the all the wrong conclusions - leading to a tragic confrontation between the Gallaghers and Reggie.

Maxine is shocked when her brother, Bruce, turns up with a black eye claiming a homophobic attack by their dad, but her loyalties are tested when she confronts their father and discovers the real story. Bruce's arrival as an openly gay man on Chatsworth agitates the locals and he quickly outstays his welcome at Ian's house, but he charms his way into Mimi's heart and the Jockey, leaving Mickey teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown.

Meanwhile, Karen is put out when Joe appears to have moved on by taking control of his life and attending anger management classes.

Episode 12:
In an attempt to build up some confidence, Ian joins the local boxing club and quickly strikes up a friendship with the owner, Jock. But when the club faces closure due to Jock's debt with Paddy, Ian enlists Maxine, Carl and Chesney to help raise funds. However, it soon becomes clear that Ian has stumbled into a hornet's nest of unfinished business between Paddy and Jock.

Meanwhile, a moment of heroism prompts Mickey to apply for a job with the fire service, but during the assessment he is haunted by old doubts. Returning a failure, he feels wounded, but his handling of a life-threatening emergency proves that he deserves respect.

At the Gallaghers', Libby's biological clock is in overdrive, and to Frank's utter horror she makes it clear she wants to have children of her own before it's too late.

Elsewhere, Liam is targeted by bullies, while Karen sets up a Chatsworth's Got Talent night at The Jockey.

Episode 13:
Kelly takes guardianship of her 15-year-old half-sister Tonya who is homeless and needs help to get her baby boy out of care.

In a meeting with Tonya's social worker, Julie, it's agreed that custody will only be considered if Tonya proves she is responsible by looking after a simulation baby. But it's not long before the unruly teen leaves Mickey holding the plastic baby, forcing him to make a painful decision.

Elsewhere, Libby witnesses the results of an apparent miracle from a visit to a French grotto and organises a pilgrimage for Patty.

Petrified and elated at the thought of liberation from her mother, she persuades Frank to escort Patty while she waits anxiously at home. The unlikely travelling companions end up sharing a room in a convent where Frank becomes the improbable focus of attention.

Episode 14:
After months of separation Patrick and Mimi amicably agree to a quickie divorce, but they get a nasty shock when it's revealed their marriage was never legal. Mimi flies into accusations and recriminations holding Patrick to blame. She then hatches a plan to secretly marry and divorce legitimately in order to save the souls of their children who were born out of wedlock.

Everything is in disarray, and Patrick is due to leave for a new business venture, but the mission to re-marry brings up memories of the past and unearths their true feelings. With his parents apparently divorced, Micky feels orphaned and bitter about his relationships.

In an effort to cheer him up, Maxine and Ian treat him to a night out where he meets a guy, Gary. Their connection restores his faith until he discovers their bond is built on secrets and half-truths. Micky must decide whether to bare the burden of his own lies or if honesty is the best policy. Patty sets Frank up on a benefit scam, landing him behind bars. But when Libby learns the truth, she rails against a righteous Patty in order to raise bail and free her love.

Episode 15:
During his birthday celebration Joe receives the tragic news of his father's death. The painful realisation that life is too short fuels his determination to start a new life with Karen. Although Karen is uncertain, Joe manages to convinces her of their future together away from Chatsworth. Trying to come clean to Jamie, Karen's confession is derailed when he reveals his own grubby secrets. Emotional deadlock forces Joe into a course of action with far-reaching consequences for all of them.

Elsewhere, Bruce gets a chance to shine as caretaker/manager for the Jockey football team, but when he arranges a gay five-a-side football tournament Chesney is not willing to 'come out' with the other lads. And while Ian plays with the boys, Maxine explores her artistic side as a life model.

Episode 16:
Karen and Joe are holed up in the shop with the spectre of Jamie's revenge hanging over them. Joe is plotting their future away from Chatsworth, but Jamie has Connor in hiding and Karen isn't going anywhere without her son. Joe uses his dubious contacts to snatch Connor and drag his new family away to freedom, but little does he know he's carrying unwelcome baggage!

When Maxine and Ian are mugged they viciously fight back, taking their attacker captive. At odds on what to do with their prisoner, the couple quickly realise their relationship is falling apart.

Elsewhere, a dark cloud falls over the Maguire family when notorious gangster and psychopath Roscoe shows up. The brothers scatter for cover, leaving Mimi to suffer the intimidation along with a dose of extreme indigestion.

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Season 8

Episode 1:
Everyone is talking about Libby and Frank's forthcoming wedding, but the nuptial plans are thrown into chaos at Frank's stag do when he disappears.

Meanwhile, Mimi and her surprise baby daughter Cilla have moved back in with her boys, but the question remains - who's the daddy?

Episode 2:
Frank is still AWOL and Libby is distraught that Monica is demanding custody of Stella and Liam. In another drug-fuelled dimension Frank has regenerated into Chatsworth's very own Time Lord as he battles to return home.

Meanwhile, Mimi realises her mistake in promoting Shane to head the family business while she is in hospital. And Karen is keen to move forward as a family in the couples' counselling, but can Jamie forgive and forget?

Episode 3:
Grim footage of Frank on his stag night shocks Libby back to reality, while Frank is still completely lost in his own sci-fi odyssey.

When the local school fails its Ofsted report, Shane discovers a new venture for the Maguires - school security.

Mickey's anxious when his sadistic gay pen pal Timmy is released from prison, while Avril's attempts to help Mimi back to full health leave Mimi confused by this newfound female attention.

Episode 4:
Karen and Connor return hoping to start fresh, but on a routine visit to her psychiatric hospital Karen makes a shocking discovery.

Frank's odyssey reaches its climax when he finally faces his deepest self and the sobering truth of his feelings for Libby.

Sita is distraught when she fails her exams, but the offer of help from her lecturer Cromer comes with conditions. Motivated by lust, Carl steps in to help.

Episode 5:
After weeks of suffering at the hands of his own mental incarceration Frank is almost fully intact of his marbles and plots his escape.

Libby meanwhile has had the dramatic news that Frank's divorce is about to be nullified and they could lose the family home in 24 hours. The solution is for Frank and Libby to get married and the clock is ticking...

Episode 6:
Carl's 21st birthday is on the horizon and in an attempt to raise funds he sets up his own valet service. Impressed with Carl's work, Jamie offers him a job with the Maguires. Carl loves his status as a Maguire employee, especially as he's able to attract Sita's attention.

Kelly is furious when she discovers Shane's been filtering money from their joint account to the family business and determines to get the cash back.

Avril and Mimi are becomingly neighbourly exchanging dinner invites, but Jackson manages to irritate everyone. And, strapped for cash, Chesney reluctantly goes along with Mickey's idea to set up a gay hotline.

Episode 7:
Kelly and Shane need all the help they can get when their new business lands them in trouble after someone gets more than they bargained for when trying to fulfil their sexual fantasy.

Sita is forced to take drastic action when she discovers that Chesney's new Muslim driving school venture is a ruse for wild parties that's draining the shop of profits, but her actions have far-reaching consequences.

Elsewhere, Mimi, Patty and Lillian go into battle over their bingo winnings.

Episode 8:
Struggling to work for the family and care for baby Cilla, Micky comes up with a new way of making money: a fake website capturing the credit card details of deeply unsavoury users of other illegal websites.

In a very Shameless take on the Robin Hood notion of robbing the rich to give to the poor, Micky and Aidan take from the really bad guys and gives to those much more deserving - themselves! But it's not long before the police are alerted, and the family face ruin.

Meanwhile, a morbid romance is in the air for Patty, who meets Trevor through her job on the suicide helpline. Oh, and Libby is worried that Frank no longer wants to marry her.

Episode 9:
Mimi's insomnia is causing real life and dreams to merge and she becomes consumed with paranoia and ghosts. When Cilla ends up in hospital, Mimi accuses Shane and Kelly of trying to kill her.

It takes an angelic face from the past to help Mini overcome her insomnia and reconnect with her daughter. Meanwhile, Shane and Kelly are out in the cold.

Bonnie, the new girl at the brothel, proves a hit when her innovative ideas to improve the business are a success. Lillian is so taken by Bonnie that a special mother-daughter bond is forged, but Kelly smells a rat.

Episode 10:
Mickey pines for somebody to love, so when the opportunity arises for him to adopt a cat it becomes the perfect outlet for his paternal urges. But when the cat is diagnosed with AIDS he turns to HIV-positive Lulu rather than his bigoted family for support.

Chesney leaves Bradford in charge of the shop while he's away. Sita's irritation is obvious and the pair argue until they finally reach a new level of understanding and respect.

Sita helps Carl with a new job for the Maguires, unaware it's not legit. The police are soon involved and the fugitives are on the run.

Elsewhere, Mimi's knickers have been stolen from her washing line causing widespread panic among the women of Chatsworth.

Episode 11:
Kelly is outraged to discover Lillian has formally adopted Bonnie and handed her the business. With Bonnie at the helm it isn't long before she shows her true colours with a new regime that forces Lillian into prostitution.

Libby's new job leaves little time to look after Patty, so she hires a carer, Jenny. But Patty soon realises that Jenny isn't quite what she appears to be, and takes matter into her own hands.

Meanwhile, Carl and Sita's relationship comes to an abrupt end when Sita reveals she's leaving Chatsworth for an arranged marriage. And Avril and Jackson take action when Letitia's crush on Carl gets out of hand.

Episode 12:
Mimi is surprised when her brother Bobbi turns up to announce he's soon to become her sister!

Jackson gets involved with a local political party with some extreme right wing ideals. He plans to infiltrate the group and expose them as fascists, but his actions put his family and Chesney in danger.

Meanwhile, Shane's new clamping business causes mayhem on the estate and the fury of Jamie, who falls victim to the scheme. Micky tries to keep the peace between his feuding brothers, but he's in an impossible position.

Episode 13:
A charity night at the Jockey ends in disaster when Shane steals Tilly's wheelchair. Shane's actions cause public outcry and throw the Maguire family business into chaos.

Libby's new friendship with Martin helps her to rediscover her passion for literature. It also opens her eyes to her diminishing relationship with Frank much to Patty's fear, who instructs Frank to woo Libby back. But Frank's benefits have stopped and his total disregard for others cause widespread problems until his actions finally have an impact on him.

Episode 14:
Shameless returns for the second half of its eighth series.

It's a black day on Chatsworth when Paddy Maguire is returned in a coffin. While the residents grieve, Jamie gathers the Maguires to lift the lid on this 'special delivery'.

Leticia dares Aiden to break in and take a photo of Paddy in return for a kiss, but they're in for quite a surprise.

Karen sets up a kids' entertainment business, but the joke's on her when Mickey, Avril and Lillian join the team.

Competition is fierce, but when a catfight with a sexy rival is popular with the dads, Karen discovers a new way to make some extra cash behind Jamie's back. Little does she know the danger she will face.

Patty tackles Mimi about disabled access in the Jockey, and Frank catches Patty standing up for her rights in more ways than one!

Episode 15:
Avril is busy keeping secrets from her family; with no job and no money, but always a gift to hand, something doesn't quite add up.

Mimi has designs on fit jogger Neil, but he's unsure of her advances - because he only wants sex. Mimi is keen to spice up her sex life, but Karen raises concerns about Neil's calorific role-play.

When 12-year-old Bean tries to shoplift, Chesney phones her dad, Gorky, who is Chesney's delivery driver, but Chesney soon becomes concerned for Bean's welfare and decides to try and rescue her.

And the law finally catches up with Avril when a bailiff arrives; she breaks down and confesses leaving Jackson gobsmacked. Will he and Letitia promise to support her and help pay back all the money she owes?

Episode 16:
While cleaning the windows, Jackson spots Letitia kissing Dee Davies in her bedroom. Jackson goes berserk, attacking Dee in front of a social worker who's waiting to assess him and Avril as foster parents.

Frank isn't much use in the parent department, staggering to the Jockey and leaving Carl to nurse pox-ridden Stella. Drunken Frank then leaves the pub and accidentally gets on a mini-bus, waking up in a synagogue.

He's discovered by Isaac, who promises not to report him because Frank's been sent from God. Frank thanks Isaac for his advice and hospitality by stealing his candelabra and legging it.

Karen's fed up with how she's treated in her own pub and plots to get her power back with a card game. Meanwhile, an ambulance is called for the smallest Gallagher. Will she pull through unharmed?

Episode 17:
A new gang has rolled into Chatsworth with an unlikely mission - to save the souls of the community.

Jesus O'Toole leads the group and seems to know too much about certain residents - who is his informant?

Aidan is certainly open to the possibilities that religion might bring, but love soon turns to hate when local businesses are picketed.

An explosion on the Maguire's turf sees the family prepare for revenge. Kelly is attacked by a stranger in a balaclava.

A familiar face is on the run, but given his track record help isn't in abundance until Kelly comes to his rescue in several ways, making Shane green with envy.

And Patty, a former resident returns, spiritually born again. Missing Libby she turns to the only person who might know of her whereabouts - Frank.

Episode 18:
Dean Lennox Kelly returns for the landmark 100th episode, as Mickey gives Mimi an ultimatum: either the new boiler goes or he does. Mickey finds himself on The Jockey sofa.

Kelly tells Marty to keep his distance but it's easier said than done. There's uproar in The Jockey when Frank pockets Cynthia's scratch card. And when Cynthia is assaulted, Frank becomes the prime suspect.

Carl kicks off against the accusers, but Kelly shows Carl CCTV footage of Frank near the crime scene. Frank remembers nothing happening but scratch marks on his chest tell their own story.

While Frank hands himself in, a distressed Carl seeks to prove his dad's innocence and phones Kev (Dean Lennox Kelly), who returns to the Chatsworth like a knight in shining armour.

New video footage jogs Frank's memory, but puts him in a stickier situation. Can a deal be made with gangster Growbag Macready? Frank's fate rests in his hands.

Episode 19:
Aidan's bad behaviour has landed him in court, but it's Patty who'll decide the outcome. Threats are made, but money is tight and Frank knows Aidan's worth too much to lose - problem is, Aidan knows it too.

Cilla's abduction forces Mimi to face her past, and her family. The Maguires aren't surprised by Mimi's news and won't take her wishes lying down, but Mimi reasserts herself as head of the family.

New flatmates Marty and Mickey are becoming intimate in more ways than one, and Mickey helps Marty do up the flat in time for his special guests.

Kelly, however, is admiring more than just the décor, which catches the attention of the wrong flatmate... does her crush feel the same way?

Episode 20:
Marty needs a job fast and turns to crime to tide him over, but he's not a smooth criminal, and using items borrowed from the Maguires wasn't the smartest plan.

Kelly learns that there's a price on Marty's head, but surely Shane won't grass... Meanwhile, Billy is standing up for his rights as a father; he wants to give Cilla her second name. Mimi is reluctant, but offers him an ultimatum: to join her side, and she doesn't mean footy teams!

Billy is eager to please, but his devotion to Father Craig is rubbing Mimi up the wrong way. And Mickey's flat has been raided by the police.

Shane confronts Marty about a dirty secret he left behind in Spain and, when Marty hears the sirens, he runs. Kelly is heartbroken when she's told the truth, but who will she believe?

Episode 21:
Mimi might wear the trousers in the family, but it's time Billy pulled his weight, so a profitable challenge is set to test his manhood.

Micky channels his' inner drama queen' at the community service with a difference. Ray's skill with numbers does not go unnoticed by Micky, and a trip to the casino seems on the cards. But Ray's only got one thing on his mind, and it's not the jackpot!

The community service cast are unhappy with their leader, Michelle and the play. So when Michelle has a timely accident and the centre is shut, Micky takes the lead choosing a festive play and a new Chatsworth location.

Kelly receives some shocking news during rehearsal, but will everything be all right on the night?

Episode 22:
The game is up for Billy and Mimi when Micky catches them in a compromising position. And while Mimi is over the moon, Billy is bricking it as the Maguire brothers want his blood...

Kelly's unsure about keeping the baby and Jamie learns more than he bargained for when he confronts her at work. Kelly must tell Shane the truth, but will he want her and the baby?

Carl witnesses a crime but walks past, unaware of the consequences. Policeman Simon finds Carl and begs for help. No Gallagher helps the filth, but Simon's grim fate changes Carl.

Chatsworth knows how to party and Billy's stag is a night to remember. Mimi's having a quiet night in, until a 'copper' arrives with all the girls!

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Season 9

Episode 1:
The new series kicks off with The Chatsworth Estate in a time of darkest austerity.

The Gallaghers and half the estate are evicted as part of Operation New Start - a multi-agency crackdown on the benefits culture of those in social housing, led by Carmen Kenaway - played by Morwenna Banks and her toxic sidekick, Feeney - played by Judy Flynn.

Jamie and Karen are thrust into the roles of guardians of the estate when evictees turn to them for help. While things look bleak for the majority, all is bright for Jackson, who is now a fully qualified teacher.

Carl is just days away from qualifying as a policeman, but Frank's disapproval threatens his graduation.

But worse than this - Frank needs glasses. For the first time, he must confront the possibility that he may be a less than perfect physical specimen.

Episode 2:
Desperate, the Chatsworth residents engineer a plan of action, scratching away at the facade of Operation New Start to discover the shocking real objective behind their presence.

Using this information to their advantage, the Chatsworth troops mobilise and the fightback for the estate begins in earnest.

Marty struggles with the notion of becoming a father again, while pregnant Kelly visits one of her oldest and most regular punters in hospital.

Meanwhile, Frank makes it clear that Carl is no longer a son of his, and with evictions and convictions continuing, everyone on the Chatsworth is expected to play a part in resistance tactics.

Elsewhere, a confused Gloria tries to remember who took advantage of her in the snug...

Episode 3:
Mimi worries that she can't be everything that Billy needs so proposes an open marriage, which he reluctantly accepts.

While everyone thinks Kelly is coping with losing the baby, Marty is worried - he can see that she's refusing to grieve and is spinning out of control.

At a funeral, Patty finds herself under scrutiny from the deceased's son, Alan, who believes she is an old friend of the mother he never knew.

Episode 4:
On a lads' night out Micky slopes off looking for love in all the wrong places and becomes the victim of a savage attack that leaves him mentally and physically scarred.

On the same night out, Carl falls for the beautiful Clem, but struggles to handle the truth of her situation.

Aidan has fallen in with a gang of older mates, led by gang leader Frasier Kane. Hanging around on the Chatsworth one night, events spiral out of control and Aidan is faced with a life-changing decision.

At the Maguire's house, Mimi's 22-year-old sexy and challenging niece Ruby Hepburn arrives with a plan to get her life together.

Episode 5:
A figure from Jamie's past shows up on the estate, looking to call in a favour.

Brooksy, or, more accurately, D.S. Brooks, is currently suspended pending serious charges. When Brooksy calls in the debt, Jamie doesn't know if he can go through with it and the safety of his family hangs in the balance.

Aidan avoids school, haunted by nightmares and the knowledge that he did nothing to stop Frasier attacking his school teacher, Lara.

But when Frasier turns his attention to Letitia, Aidan feels compelled to act.

Micky faces a life-changing decision when a debt collection goes disastrously wrong. Running from an angry guard dog, he finds himself trapped in a room with a heavily pregnant woman who goes into labour.

Episode 6:
Desperate for cash, Jackson agrees to help Shane Maguire rob a cigarette van at a supermarket.

It doesn't go well and they barely escape the guards, but the unlikely pair may have hit upon a Freegan-inspired business idea for selling out-of-date food.

Gloria's brother Dominic, a whisky priest who's recently stepped away from the church, causes mayhem on the estate when he's threatened by the husbands of two of his conquests, neither of whom he can remember having sex with.

And there's upset all around when Chesney advises Carl that he can do much better than Clem, who Carl plans to move in with.

Episode 7:
Everyone is seriously concerned about Kelly. While Marty is still grieving the loss of the baby, Kelly is punishing herself physically and mentally and fast losing control. Marty's intervention is futile and Kelly ends up in a critical state.

Across the bar, eyeing newly arrived Ruby, Karen and Dom get into a debate about the sexual and personal morals of young women today. Karen champions empowerment, but Dom's assessment of the female nature unsettles her.

Karen shocks herself by agreeing to the terms of a bet that involves Dom bedding Ruby and potentially Karen too.

Meanwhile, Avril becomes concerned when she clocks her colleague Calum dispensing incorrect medication at the pharmacy.

Episode 8:
Times are hard and Marty and his apprentice Aidan attempt to redirect a power line to the Gallagher house to get free electricity.

The plan goes disastrously wrong and a power cut plunges the whole estate into darkness. An air of menace builds on the streets and people retreat indoors.

But the girls gather at the Maguire house and as the drink starts to flow hidden truths emerge. Jamie agrees to a lock-in for the guys at the Jockey, where Frank accepts the challenge to re-enact The Hare and the Tortoise, but loses something valuable in the process.

Chesney protects the shop from lawlessness, but pushes himself too far in the process, while Marty, charged up by having half a million volts pass through him, believes he's been spared for a purpose.

Episode 9:
Chesney arrives home from hospital to find his cousin Toof waiting for him. Sent as Grandad's emissary, Toof has come to negotiate Chesney's future. But when he reveals his plan to shut the shop and take Chesney back to Bradford, Chesney refuses.

Taking Chesney home with him, Toof shows him what the future could hold - nice house, car, wife - but Chesney knows it all comes at a price: to be forever under the cosh of Grandad.

At the brothel, business is going well, but the girls need time off and Lillian has to find new staff. Taking the talent show format to a whole new level, Lillian holds auditions for new hookers, putting the real X into X-Factor.

Elsewhere, Jamie is irked by Gloria's refusal to acknowledge what happened during the blackout.

Episode 10:
After a conversation with Frank, Jamie and Shane engineer a plan to raid Manchester's former War Rooms (now owned by the Lottery) with the aim of lifting a stash of scratch cards as a way to make some easy money.

Frank is recruited along with Aidan, while Ruby persuades Shane to take her along. And although the heist starts off well, tensions quickly surface between the gang down in the crumbling network of tunnels, and Frank's cowardice leads to catastrophe.

Letitia and friends have formed a girl group. Posting their own home-brew pop videos online, the girls harbour dreams of becoming the next big internet sensation. But they're in for a surprise when their latest video is hacked.

Elsewhere, it's collection day, but when Jamie doesn't arrive home, Karen is determined to prove to Mimi that she can handle Maguire business.

Episode 11:
The situation underground is perilous for the trapped five and the pressure builds as truths, lies and confessions abound. Frank's adult life has come full circle, rat run to rat run.

Jamie worries Karen may uncover the truth about Gloria. Ruby wants to be accepted as a Maguire, while Aidan is sick of being treated like the idiot child.

Frank finds the brick he carved into all those years ago with his 35-year-old time capsule. But the overwhelming worry comes from the realisation that nobody knows where they are.

Desperate and worried, Karen searches for clues, while Gloria wrestles with her guilt over Jamie.

Shane's plans discovered, a search party is swiftly formed, but time isn't on their side and decisions have to be made whether to involve the authorities for help.

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Season 10

Episode 1:
Frank's old excuses fail to wash with the Department of Work and Pensions, so faced with losing benefits his hopes rest with the World of Burgers.

Shane and Jackson launch a new enterprise of bootleg booze, but it's rank and nobody is buying their stuff. Billy offers to help and concocts a brew using his extraordinary sense of smell and amazingly it's a great success. But Shane is seriously hacked off. It's time to lay down the law...

Meanwhile, Avril supplies pills to Patty, who wants more than her recommended dosage, but when Avril turns down her request, Patty springs into action with a plan to steal them.

Episode 2:
Frank loves his new job at World of Burgers. His banter and laid-back approach wins the respect of the team and sales figures increase. But his new boss Wesley isn't happy and hatches a plan to get shot of Frank in order to achieve his longed-for promotion.

Karen embraces alternative parenting methods to deal with Connor's destructive hobby and Mimi reluctantly adopts this new approach with Cilla after hearing a few home truths.

Kelly overhears a hurtful comment made by Aidan and decides to try to bond with him and change his views on women while Shane's search for a missing cat leads to a new experiment.

Episode 3:
Marty befriends a Brazilian housemaid and determines to rescue her from her life of servitude. Kelly insists it's none of their business, but that doesn't deter Marty, who liberates her with a stack of cash he was supposed to be banking for Lillian...

Dom springs an uninvited guest on Gloria: their birth mother Hazel. There's no love lost between the two, but is it time for Gloria to extend the hand of friendship?

And Billy's sick of people taking advantage. Karen reckons the answer to his problems is a self-help tape.

Episode 4:
Billy discovers a used pregnancy test after Mimi, Karen and Gloria spend the night boozing. He turns to Jamie for advice, and both of them set out to discover who's the daddy...

Jackson is suspicious because Avril and Calum are always together after hours, but when he sneers at an invitation to go clubbing, Avril leaves him behind and makes it a night to remember.

Aiden and Chesney collect meat for a raffle and manage to get stuck with a live cow, a guilt-ridden Shane starts watching the family of the man he's killed, and Gloria turns to Dom when she gets into trouble with a loan company.

Episode 5:
Consumed with guilt after the hit and run, Shane tries to makes amends by befriending Ruth, the widow of the man he killed. Blind to his identity, Ruth welcomes Shane into her life, but her troubled teenage son Shaun hates this interfering stranger.

Meanwhile, Kelly and Lillian face tough competition when another brothel opens on the Chatsworth.

Episode 6:
Marty makes a life-changing decision and finds the nerve to propose to Kelly.

Over the moon, she accepts. It's time for a proper Chatsworth party, but Kelly discovers a letter to Marty from his kids in Spain. Confused and heartbroken, she calls the wedding off. Will Marty tell her the truth?

Jamie's evasive behaviour makes Karen suspicious. Discovering a flirty text, Karen fears that Jamie is cheating. Desperate for the truth, Karen turns to Gloria for help - unaware that Gloria is the other woman.

With Karen closing in on Jamie, Gloria tells him it's over.

Lillian has a vision, but can't decipher its meaning. Alone, she tries to solve the puzzle - can Lillian avert disaster on the Chatsworth Estate?

Episode 7:
Business is booming for Jackson and Shane, expansion is afoot and their future looks rosy. But when Jackson spots Shane giving leftover food to the homeless, all hell breaks loose.

Billy's having trouble in the bedroom and is scared witless. It's a genuine condition, but Mimi's heartbroken, believing Billy doesn't love her any more.

And there's more to Patty's sudden burst of generous community spirit hosting coffee mornings for old dears on the Chatsworth estate...

Episode 8:
When Dom receives a cryptic text from an ex in desperation it prompts a crisis of faith and he turns to Frank for some major help.

Lillian bids farewell to another happy old man at the brothel, but he turns out to be the local magistrate who's been claiming the visits on expenses. Now in hot water, Lillian must convince a judge that she's actually a life coach.

And the pressure is on for Letitia to lose her V plates, but she wants her first time to be special, so who will be the lucky recipient?

Episode 9:
Jamie must act swiftly to lay down the law and protect his family from gang threats, but it's not easy when the enemy are so well informed. Someone has to be passing the gang inside information, but who?

Episode 10:
In the final episode of the tenth series, it's a big day for Mimi Maguire - it's her first wedding anniversary to Billy and they're going to renew their vows.

Determined to make a fresh start, Mimi sets about throwing away memories of her past life with Paddy, but she alienates a furious Ruby with her comments about her dad.

An emergency meeting is held about Patty's deteriorating health and Frank takes on the task of letting her know.

Avril and Jackson's relationship is on the rocks, but can they get their marriage back on track? Elsewhere on the Chatsworth estate, Gloria begins another scandalous affair.

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Season 11

Episode 1:
It's a grand occasion on the Chatsworth Estate as the inhabitants celebrate having been awarded an Olympic ring from London 2012. The Maguire family toasting the expansion of their empire following Mimi's hijacked control of the local school via the PTA and Shane's starting a new business venture. Jamie makes a shocking discovery though and withdraws from the firm. Frank climbs the employment ladder as janitor of 'St Mimi's School'.

Episode 2:
Mimi attempts to stop the school from being failed by an inspector, with help from her friends and family. Frank finds an unexpected perk of his job as caretaker. Jamie attempts to contact his half-brother Kassi. Dom and Gloria continue their affair.

Episode 3:
After Lillian asks Kelly to help save her savings from police surveillance, she agrees for a cut of the money.Kelly is later shocked to find out the extent of Lillian's savings. Kelly ends up being forced to decide what she values most, money or friendship. Banbury wants Mimi's help at the school and she's pleased.

Episode 4:
Jamie's illusion of his brother's great life are ruined after the police raid Kassi's home and take him to the police station. Kassi refuses to tell Jamie what's going on, but asks Jamie to find him and his family a place on the Chatsworth to stay during the investigation. Kelly and Marty decide to buy a house following their recent windfall but suspicions are aroused about their dirty money.

Episode 5:
Chesney is having a bad day at work as his chillers have broken down and whileon the hunt for replacements he meets Remona, a Muslim pharmacist. He decides to give Chesco a refit and add a chemist and give Remona the job of running it. After Avril loses her job, Patreesha insists that she goes to work at the car wash. Patreesha is in for a shock though. Kassi, Shane and Jamie are ready for a big night out on the town, but not everything ends up going according to plan.

Episode 6:
Aiden feels the pressure after OAP Stanton suddenly dies while he is looking after him as part of his community service. Dom thinks that he could be guilty of murder. Esther is finding it hard to raise the kids without Kassi, but following a chance encounter with Frank, he is able to make her see that life's not that bad as a single parent.

Episode 7:
Shane's plans for DJ Scouse Mouse at Shane-a-delica are going well. Tickets for the festival are selling out and the site looks impressive. After Mimi and Jamie learn about Shane's affair with cRandall they decide they can't supply any drugs at the festival, resulting in a chain of events which puts Shane's relationship with Randall and the festival itself in jeopardy.

Episode 8:
Frank sees his son Lip and granddaughter Katie a bus not far from the Chatsworth Estate. After arranges a meet, Frank finds out that Lip has gone to greath lengths to distance his daughter from the world of Frank and the estate, but it soon becomes apparent that Mimi has been involved in her life. Saul decides to join Remona's Scout group.

Episode 9:
Chesney's shop is burgled, and to make matters worse for Remona, her estranged father Barry shopws up to see her. Remona is not interested in rekindling her relationship with him, but Chesney sees the good in him and attempts to convince her to bury the hatchet. Frank believes that he's hit the jackpot after he discovers a substantial amount of pills at Esther's house belonging to Tam. Randall starts to get under Shane's skin with some clingy behaviour.

Episode 10:
Billy is feeling fed up with being seen as the village idiot and decides it's time to earn the respect of Mimi by applying for a security salesman job. Things begin to unravel though after Billy pretends he's secured the job and sinks to new levels in his quest for respect.

Episode 11:  
Patreesha believes that she is going to be the latest music export to make it big in America after her new jazz musician boyfriend, Louis promises her a lucrative singing career there. She finds out though that Louis is a conman who has played her. Frank has been barred from the Jockey and deemed to be a pervert by his neighbours and ends up being invited to join some extreme social outcasts.

Episode 12:
Mimi is feeling menopausal and she decides that its time to retire. She decides to move to Wilmslow, and wants to dedicate her life to charity work. Billy finds his efforts to please her not going to plan.

Episode 13:
There is a gunman on the loose on the estate and he is after Frank. His frolicks with the Gastric Bandits have landed him in serious trouble with Derilee's husband, Biddy. It's business as usual at the pub and Lillian has a new man in tow called Cajun Dave.

Episode 14:
Having spent a few months behind bars for having falsely claiming benefits, Frank is looking forward to an amazing welcome home party, but that's not what others have in store for him. Monica ends up dropping a huge bombshell at the Jockey, while some old faces return one last time.

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