Welcome to Chatsworth Estate, a rough Manchester housing project where the residents rarely work, the pub is always full, and cars are usually stolen. Sex, scams, parties, love and crime - life there is chaotic and the Gallagher family is always in the middle of the action. Sadly, the patriarch of this family is useless, bumbling, self-pitying, alcoholic Frank Gallagher. When his wife hits the road, Frank hits the bottle, leaving his six children to fend for themselves. Eldest daughter Fiona is strong and feisty with a heart of gold. Lip is a mouthy but extremely bright teenager. His brother, Ian, keeps his private life very private.