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Paul Abbott's critically acclaimed, offbeat drama about the rollercoaster lives and loves of the dysfunctional Gallagher clan

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Paul Abbott's critically acclaimed, offbeat drama about the rollercoaster lives and loves of the dysfunctional Gallagher clan

Series 8 Summary

Paul Abbott's multi award-winning drama series returns with an extended run of 22 new episodes, plus 2011 will see Shameless celebrating its 100th episode.

The eighth series kicks off with a Chatsworth Estate party, and it's not just any party - it's Frank's stag night. He's getting married to the love of his life, his romantic narcoleptic librarian third bride-to-be, Libby. Then, as the clock strikes midnight, Frank disappears. The mystery of Frank's whereabouts is a veritable magical mystery tour into the previously unexplored outer-limits of Frank's drink and drug-addled mind.

With Frank missing, a dark cloud spoils the party spirit when a previous Mrs Gallagher returns. Yes Monica is back and set on laying claim to her family.

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

    Kelly, however, is admiring more than just the d├ęcor, 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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Paul Abbott's critically acclaimed, offbeat drama about the rollercoaster lives and loves of the dysfunctional Gallagher clan

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