No 'Shame' in saying it's over for hit TV drama
'Shameless' creator Paul Abbott has called time on Frank Gallagher after 11 series of the hit TV drama.
The writer announced that dysfunctional Gallagher and his family will make one last outing on the Chatsworth Estate, with a new Channel 4 series to be broadcast early next year. Its broadcast, in 2013, will mark 10 years since the drama was first filmed in Manchester in 2003.
Writer Abbott said: "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."