Series Overview

Set in the fictional Chatsworth Estate, inspired by Manchester real estate, this BAFTA award-winning British comedy drama takes everyday life and smashes it against the crumbling living room walls.

The critically acclaimed and brilliantly funny drama from award-winning writer Paul Abbott features the Chatsworth Estate's Gallaghers, easily the UK's most dysfunctional family.

Head of the family, Frank, embarks on a series of adventures with his remarkably well-balanced children Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl and Liam - not forgetting the other two with Frank's valium-fuelled lover, Sheila. A shambolic family living on a Manchester estate, where eldest sister Fiona has to look after her five younger siblings after their mother's disappearance and their father became an alcoholic.

After Fiona herself escapes, it's down to her 12-year-old sister Debbie to run the Gallagher household. With Sheila leaving and Monica's return it's a whole new ball game at the Gallagher residence, and it's not all plain sailing with Monica's estranged girlfriend Norma living in the van in the yard. No one's life is ever going to be the same.

As the story progressed, so too did it's characters. In series four, many changes came to Chatsworth Estate with Kev and Veronica leaving after being charged with trying to buy a baby. Gangland family 'The Maguire's' moved in next door to the Gallaghers, and The Jockey was given a new atmosphere with Jamie, the Maguire's eldest, working behind the bar.

Now in its sixth series this multi-award-winning drama returns to the Chatsworth Estate. Ian is attacked and left shaken and confused as to what he could have done to provoke it. When the stranger strikes again, Ian is left hospitalised and there's more bad news when he regains consciousness: he's got amnesia. Suddenly he's an alien amongst his own family and friends, and even his own sexuality is a mystery.

Packed with sex, drugs, gratuitous violence, love and scams, chaos is a given on Chatsworth Estate.

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