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Salford Star Goes Shameless Part 2
 

WE ASK SALFORD - HOW REALISTIC IS SHAMELESS? 

Opinion is well divided on whether Shameless is taking the piss out of the working class or actually reflecting real life. Others believe it's just a comedy and not worth wasting any time thinking about – especially when you could be drinking…

We thought we'd put it to the vote and today went out on the streets of Langworthy, right in the heart of Salford, to see what local people of all ages thought…with some surprising results.

Then Salfordian actor, Ciaran Griffiths, who plays Mickey McGuire, tells us his bonkers character is actually based on someone from Salford…"But I can't say who or I'll get battered!"


THE GREAT SALFORD STAR SHAMELESS SURVEY
By Sandra Makin, Mike Scantlebury and Mark Byrne.

"Yeah, I like Shameless. I like the violence in it. It's not like my life but it is realistic. There are lots of people like that about, about 70% of our estate!"
Jordan Hughes, 16

"It's on tonight – I watch it all the time, it's cool. I'd say about half of it is realistic and it shows people in a good light – it's a council estate, innit."
Darren Cudahy, 20

"I love it and watch it every week.  It's a bit over the top but very funny. I reckon it's about 40% realistic."
Zoe Roscoe, a young mum.

"I always watch it and then watch the next week's episode straight away.  I think it's down to earth and genuine, apart from the rude bits, you don't see that!  I think Shameless shows people as they really were from years ago, if you go back, that's what council estates were like."
Sue Yendall, Seedley Pet Shop

"I always watch it, I love it, it has me belly laughing. Some of my friends are like that but not everyone! I think it shows it as it really is, at least 95% real…"
Gail Derbyshire, young mum

"I have watched it, but I didn't really get it. I thought it was a comedy, the characters are a bit strong but it's pretty realistic. I liked the guy with the straggly hair. I live on a council estate and it is a bit like that but not everyone."
Paul Radnedge, from Weaste

"I never miss it, and watch next week's straight after. Yeah, it's 100% like our estate, that's just the way it is around our way."
Callum Connelly, 20.

And Ciaran Griffiths, who used to live in Eccles and plays Mickey McGuire says…

"There will be places with people like Frank Gallagher and families that are like that.  I imagine there's loads, yeah. When I first got the part of Mickey I did base him loosely on someone I knew but I can't say who or I'll get battered!

"It was just certain bits of him, not the gay side, just the way that you don't know what he's going to do next….that unpredictability…the way they look at you and you don't know if they're being alright or they want to hit you, sort of thing.

"Some of Shameless is a bit sensationalised and some of the stories are mad but on the other side I think there are things that are really true to life."

For Shameless Part 1 click here http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=81

For Shameless Part 3 click here http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=94

For Shameless Part 4 click here http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=96

For Shameless Part 5 click here http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=125

For Shameless Part 6 click here http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=126

faye taylor 22 frm hull wrote
at 4:04:02 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2009
i think the show is very much what go on in ull.there alots of family like that in ull on benefit who drink n take drug.i never miss a show get in bed early on a tueday nite with sum food n chillout oh yes tat i call a nite better den goin out on a saturday nite.i would love 2 be in shamelessx
 
daniel b wrote
at 1:59:38 PM on Monday, April 27, 2009
i think mikky is well fit and the things i could do to him if he was really gay he well cute xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 
sandra wrote
at 6:26:48 AM on Friday, April 3, 2009
my mate lives on a council estate .and she and her old feller both work .there.decent.honest.salt.of the earth people.loves shameless.and says no way does shameless.make then think there being shown in a negative way. cos come weekend they all party the same way.
 
sandra wrote
at 6:26:24 AM on Friday, April 3, 2009
just to say o yes the people from the BBC will come in droves as ther getting £1000.900 to relocate.and thats a mounths rent.and no I havent made a misstake on the amount.
 
Sheila wrote
at 6:25:57 AM on Friday, April 3, 2009
I try never to miss this show. I don't feel that it reflects badly on the people of Salford at all, as it's supposed to be in STRETFORD, and we all know what a load of scallies THEY are don't we children? Ha ha, just kiddin'. It's not like any estate that I've lived on, but I have met people who are just like some of the characters. It's brilliant entertainment, and even if it is a bit OTT, well so what? It's not meant to be a documentary and I love it. I just wish we had a pub like the Jockey around here as one gets awfully tired of standing outside. I'd say probably around 50% like real life, but naturally, it depends where you live.
 
John Smith wrote
at 1:18:10 PM on Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I watched a few episodes of the first series of Shameless and thought it was quite funny. It was realistic to a small extent, but I fear it does show Salford and it's people in a negative way. I live on a council estate and there are a lot of people like that and if I had the choice I'd ship them all down south. There are also lots of decent, honest, hard working families on council estates in Salford and the people who behave like characters from Shameless do them and themselves, as well as Salford a great dis-service. No wonder BBC staff don't want to come here.
 
jemma wrote
at 10:28:31 AM on Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Yes I think shameless is real becasuse i'm sure there are families out there just like on shameless and i think the programme is extremely good and very funny.
 
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