I can’t help but think that Paul Abbot took more than a few creative and artistic freedoms when creating the characters for his cult massive Channel 4 hit Shameless.
According to past interviews the characters are based around family and friends and while I never doubt that people are telling the truth when they say things like this, tv needs more than fact sometimes.
This is why I love shows like this. They take the kinds of people we all know and put them in situations we could only imagine them getting into. Almost like bar room tales and urban legend, each episode of it has storyline(s) that are so unbelievable, they have to be believed.
“Very funny, extremely rude and brimming with inventiveness”
“A work of genius”
I’ll have to take the words of various reviews for granted as despite the above couple of paragraphs I’ve never watched a complete episode. I’ve seen bits here and there. My brother is crazy about the series and would smile like a cheshire cat when it came on.
So because I’ve never seen a complete episode, I’m not going to attempt to give a review. There wouldn’t be any point.
So why even post about it?
A friend of mine has a small DVD shop and he had mentioned that he had recieved a lot of online orders for boxsets of the series. Strange and out of the blue, but according to him it happens all the time wit hvarious films and boxsets.
I said that I’d never seen an episode and he reacted like I’d told him of my family held captive in my cellar. This was a crime obviously. Without hesitation he handed me a boxset of the complete series 1-5 (Including the feature length Christmas and New Year specials) and asked ordered me to watch it from start to finish, ensuring me that I would be hooked.
I told him I wouldn’t and before he could throw me out of his shop, I suggest I find someone who would appreciate it. So we came up with the idea to give it away.
He also said that if there’s enough interest, we might make it a regular comp and give away more boxsets of various series.
And so we have the point of the post.
Surely there are some people who watch Shameless regularly, or maybe there is someone who has been wanting to start getting into it and just hasn’t gotten around to that part of their “to-do” list just yet.
It’s a 16 disc boxset and as I’ve said is complete series 1-5 with feature length holiday specials.
HOW TO WIN:
Tell me the one moment in your life when you’ve acted completely shamelessly. It can be an embarrassing story that you’ve buried with the help of therapy or a moment so out of character you’re actually quite proud of it.
Either way, it has to be shameless.
Closing date for entry will be this Wednesday (8th July) at 5pm.
The winner will be chosen at random from the stories left in the comments.
The winner must be a nice person who will do a review of the series, upon viewing it.
The winner will from the day they win forward refer to me as a God. Or Demi-God at least. The wearing of t-shirts to advertise the fact will be at the discretion of the winner. This is advised and promises of such merchandise may, but not guarantee, influence of the win.
Get to it people, and remember – shame is for the weak.