Shameless is a BAFTA award-winning British comedy drama television series set in the fictional Chatsworth Estate, which is based on the real estate in Stretford, Manchester, England. Produced by Company Pictures for Channel 4, the first seven-episode series aired weekly on Tuesday nights at 10pm from 13 January 2004. The dramedy, centred around UK underclass culture, has been accorded critical acclaim by various sections of the British media, including The Sun newspaper and Newsnight Review on BBC Two.
The programme was created and, at least initially, mainly written by Paul Abbott, who is also the programme\'s Executive Producer. Much of the series is based on Abbott\'s own experiences growing up in a similar situation to the Gallagher children in Burnley.
The first series was co-written with Danny Brocklehurst and Carmel Morgan. In subsequent series, Abbott and Brocklehurst shared the main writing duties.