“I cannot be weak,” protests Frank Gallagher as Shameless returns tonight.
The new – ninth – series begins with two extended episodes screened at 10pm over consecutive nights.
With many Chatsworth estate residents evicted from their homes in an official crackdown.
A politically-motivated move which aims to eventually clear the entire area.
I returned to the Manchester Shameless HQ late last year to spend another day on set.
ANOTHER day on the Chatsworth to interview the cast of Shameless.
Including an afternoon in The Jockey, where the regulars still pay no heed to the smoking ban.
A month or so later, having cleared my lungs of herbal cigarette smoke, I also caught up with series creator Paul Abbott.
VISITS to TV sets follow their own book of rules.
Filming schedules will often overrun or change.
Putting at risk the interview you may have travelled hundreds of miles to secure.