Bacup's Jody Latham to return to the screen for Shameless finale

Jody Latham

Writer Paul Abbott

First published in What's On Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

THE makers of Shameless have said they are putting the finishing touches to the finale of the series which will return to screens for the last time in the spring.

Jody Latham, who grew up in Colne and now lives in Bacup, is to return to his role as Lip Gallagher for the final episode of the long-running show, created by Burnley writer Paul Abbott.

And up-and-coming Rawtenstall actor Thomas O’Toole will also play a bit part as a thief in one episode.

Latham, 29, hasn’t featured in the show since 2008 when his character was written out.

The actor was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence in December after admitting to growing cannabis plants at an ex-girlfriend’s home in Stacksteads.

Writer Abbott said the reason for ending the show, which first aired in 2003, was linked to the death of his father, whom he cited as his inspiration.

He said: “Its tenth anniversary seems a fitting time to shut the book on Shameless. We've had an absolute ball making this stuff up for a living.

“We've given back in spades and got away with absolute murder, on behalf of such a fantastically outspoken audience.”

O’Toole, 21, was believed to be the youngest landlord in the country when he took charge of Rawtenstall venue Madison’s Wine Bar aged 20 in October 2011.

The former Haslingden High School and Accrington and Rossendale College student quit the pub in August to concentrate on his acting career, having previously had roles in Hollyoaks and Waterloo Road.

He was in Wythenshawe, in south Manchester, at the weekend to shoot his scenes for the series.

Original cast members such as Ann-Marie Duff will also return for the climax of the 11th series.

And Take That star Jason Orange will also make a cameo appearance during one of the episodes, playing a DJ called Scouse Mouse who sets up a festival on the Chatsworth estate.

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3:13pm Wed 16 Jan 13

useyourhead says...

couldn't care less about this useless waster but sad to hear shameless is finishing - all good things eh!
couldn't care less about this useless waster but sad to hear shameless is finishing - all good things eh! useyourhead
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3:54pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Colne lads back says...

useyourhead wrote:
couldn't care less about this useless waster but sad to hear shameless is finishing - all good things eh!
Totally agree u y h,can't understand why anyone would want to employ a drug dealer cos that's all he is.
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: couldn't care less about this useless waster but sad to hear shameless is finishing - all good things eh![/p][/quote]Totally agree u y h,can't understand why anyone would want to employ a drug dealer cos that's all he is. Colne lads back
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4:03pm Wed 16 Jan 13

George.White.Bread says...

Filthy drug dealing has been. Whatever he "earns" from it will probably go to pay off his fine.
Filthy drug dealing has been. Whatever he "earns" from it will probably go to pay off his fine. George.White.Bread
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5:06pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Chris P Bacon says...

useyourhead wrote:
couldn't care less about this useless waster but sad to hear shameless is finishing - all good things eh!
No, it's gone past its sell-by date. It launched some stellar careers such as James McAvoy, Maxine Peake, Anne-Marie Duff and Dean Lennox Kelly's but after series 3, 4 at a push, it's fallen off the pace faster than Blackburn Ruhrvuh's descent into ignominy.

Better for people to ask, 'why don't you make another one?' than them saying 'why do you bother making another one?'
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: couldn't care less about this useless waster but sad to hear shameless is finishing - all good things eh![/p][/quote]No, it's gone past its sell-by date. It launched some stellar careers such as James McAvoy, Maxine Peake, Anne-Marie Duff and Dean Lennox Kelly's but after series 3, 4 at a push, it's fallen off the pace faster than Blackburn Ruhrvuh's descent into ignominy. Better for people to ask, 'why don't you make another one?' than them saying 'why do you bother making another one?' Chris P Bacon
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11:34pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Major Tom says...

Shadsworthless
Shadsworthless Major Tom
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