To What Extent Are the Representations of the Working Class in Shameless Harmful?

Shameless is a comedy drama set in the council estate of “Chatsworth” a fictional location in the heart of Manchester. Produced by Channel Four and written by Paul Abbott its success has won the programme various comedy awards. Paul Abbott states the drama was inspired from his own real life experiences of living in an estate similar to “Chatsworth” and being in the company of characters like the ones in the show. The programmes creator lays claim for its authenticity by claiming to have grown up in the environment similar to Chatsworth.

The main family unit in Shameless “The Gallagher’s” could be considered as dysfunctional, un-conventional, and closer to underclass than working class. Frank Gallagher the unemployed Father of nine children spends most of his days wasting his benefit money at the local pub, while his family and house fall apart around him in complete anarchy.

In this essay I plan to explore the different opinions and gather research to investigate the idea that Shameless does nothing more then humiliate, embarrass and shame the working class, by depicting acts of “Shameless-ness.”
A Dictionary definition of the working Class: – Lowest class in most social class systems, including factory workers, miners, and others.   08/03/09
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