Shameless comes to an end

Channel 4 has confirmed the 10th anniversary of 'Shameless' will be its last, after 139 episodes

Shameless star Tina Malone

Shameless star Tina Malone

'Shameless' is to come to an end.

The Channel 4 series - which tells the tale of a hopeless family on a Manchester council estate - will come to an end on its tenth anniversary after 139 episodes.

Paul Abbott, who create the show, said the death of his father had prompted him to re-think what he was doing with the TV show, which features David Threlfall, Tina Malone and Alice Barry.

He 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."

Jay Hunt, Channel 4 chief creative officer, confirmed the network would continue to work with Paul on other shows.

He said: "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."

James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff are among the stars to have had their breakthroughs on the show.


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