OVER three million viewers are watching the new series of Shameless on Channel 4.
Plus healthy audiences for both the catch-up on C4+1 and the first showing of next week’s episode on E4.
As we await news of whether Channel 4 will change their mind on credit crunch plans to cut the next series from 16 episodes to eight.
Surely both the Chatsworth estate residents and viewers deserve better?
Almost one in five people watching TV at the time are tuning in to this sixth series.
Which should convince C4 to think again.
New characters introduced in the current series include auxiliary nurse Maxine, played by Joanna Higson.
She was seen for the first time in last night’s C4 episode, unless you watched it on E4 last week.
You can read yesterday’s feature interview with Joanna here.
Maxine fitted straight in, tagging on first to Carl (Elliott Tittensor) and then Debbie (Rebecca Ryan).
Joanna also told me: “Later on in the series, she latches on to Micky and they form a bit of a friendship.
“He’s also got his own secrets, isolating him from certain people.
“So she’s attracted to those kinds of characters.”
I also spoke on set in Wythenshawe with Elliott who, surprisingly, doesn’t receive a lot of fan mail.
“My brother gets quite a lot because they know where to send it to,” he explained.
That’s his twin Luke, who plays Daz in Emmerdale.
“I get loads of mistaken identity – people get mixed up,” added Elliott.
“People ask, ‘How do you do Shameless and Emmerdale at the same time?’”
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