Angeline Ball as Gloria

“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.

Stephen Lord as Warren Clements

YOU are going to be seeing a lot more of Stephen Lord.

Not just in his latest TV role in BBC1’s Casualty.

But in a range of projects, too numerous to fit in to today’s Manchester Evening News feature below.

Stephen’s CV includes playing Jonno in Common As Muck – one of my all-time favourite series, written by former binman William Ivory.