Shameless, Channel 4’s comedy drama set on a run-down Manchester council estate, will come to an end next year, series creator Paul Abbott has announced.
Abbott is overseeing the entire 14-part 11th series and has promised to end the show with “a suitably Shameless finale”
The series stars David Threlfall as Frank Gallagher, leader of a dysfunctional family and lynchpin to an entire community. For the final series Threlfall will be joined by Jody Latham who returns as eldest son Lip.
Announcing the show’s demise, 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.”
Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said the broadcaster was working on future projects with Abbott.