Shameless comes to an end

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

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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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