The third series of Shameless consisted of 8 episodes which aired weekly, usually on a Tuesday night, starting with a New Year's Special which aired on 3 January 2006. The series saw the Gallaghers fending for themselves after Fiona and Steve's move to Amsterdam.
After the departure of Steve and Fiona the Gallagher children are left without a true parental figure for the first time. Inconsistently absent mother Monica is still living with her lesbian lover Norma and unreliable father Frank shifts his time between his disorder riddled girlfriend Sheila's house and The Jockey.
The knock through to Steve and Fiona's house next door has officially made the Gallagher house double in size, and Carol Fisher, her arsonist son Marty and his girlfriend Sue are there to help fill up the space and cause some trouble of their own.
The series sees a loss for the Gallagher's neighbour Kev, which results in an old face from his past showing up to cause serious trouble in his relationship with girlfriend Veronica. Mandy gives birth to a healthy baby daughter but the rest of the Maguire Family refuse to let Lip see her.
Kev's troublesome sister Kelly moves into Sheila's but soon has people talking with her many "gentleman callers". An unpaid electric bill leads to a surprising financial revalation from Sue which with a little from Carol puts serious strain on her relationship with Marty.
And garden work forces Sheila to come clean to Frank about her first husband (before Eddie) and about the patio. With their wedding looming, Frank is left shell shocked but Veronica, in need of money after her last NHS paid IVF treatment is unsuccessful, sees the perfect opportunity for some easy money.
|Liamday||Writer: Daniel Brocklehurst||Director: Catherine Morshead||January 3, 2006||#301|
|New Year's Special. Debbie lies and says Liam has cancer in order to get him out of trouble at school, but the plan backfires when the whole community gets involved in raising money for the cause.
|Dark Friends||Writer: Daniel Brocklehurst||Director: Catherine Morshead||January 10, 2006||#302|
|Lip gets involved in a towel stealing scam at his new job at a hotel, however his colleague, Jack, has another agenda that has consequences for Kash, Kev's sister Kelly moves into Sheila's and causes a stir with her sexual escapades.
|Baby||Writer: Bob Mills & Jim Poyser||Director: Jim O'Hanlon||January 17, 2006||#303|
|Mandy goes into labour after a robbery at the shop, but the Maguire's refuse to let Lip see her. Kev receives a horse racing tip which goes horribly wrong when the entire estate hear about it.
|Benefit Fraud||Writer: Amanda Coe||Director: Catherine Morshead||January 26, 2006||#304|
|Carl vies for the attention of Lip's new girlfriend Emily but only causes problems for himself, Carol reports Lillian to the DSS in revenge, causing a panic among the entire estate, when benefit investigators turn up on the Chatsworth Estate in droves, Frank is particularly worried as he's claiming benefits in Lillian's dead husband's name.
|Old Flame||Writer: Daniel Brocklehurst||Director: Jim O'Hanlon||January 31, 2006||#305|
|Kev wakes up on his birthday to find his mother has committed suicide, he meets his ex wife Roxy at the funeral, but when Veronica catches them in a compromising position she refuses to believe his pleas of innocence.
|In with the Maguire's||Writer: Emma Frost||Director: David Threlfall||February 7, 2006||#306|
|Carl gets arrested for growing Cannabis plants for the Maguire's, sparking a family feud when they believe him to have given the Police information for a quick release, Mandy bans Lip from seeing his daughter so he attempts to hunt down the real informant.
|Act Your Age||Writer: Amanda Coe & Phil Nodding||Director: Paul Norton Walker||February 14, 2006||#307|
|Debbie begins to realize the childhood she is missing out on and leaves the boys to look after themselves, a power cut from an unpaid electric bill reveals Sue's growing debts and she cowardly runs away, Frank's latest money spinner backfires.
|The Wedding||Writer: Amanda Coe||Director: Paul Norton Walker||February 21, 2006||#308|
|Garden work forces Sheila to reveal to Frank that her first husband is buried under the patio, Veronica sees a money opportunity when her last NHS funded IVF treatment fails and it looks increasingly likely that Debbie will be the only Gallagher at Frank's wedding.
- Frank Gallagher - David Threlfall
- Sheila Jackson - Maggie O'Neill
- Kevin Ball - Dean Lennox Kelly
- Veronica Fisher - Maxine Peake
- Ian Gallagher - Gerard Kearns
- Phillip 'Lip' Gallagher - Jody Latham
- Debbie Gallagher - Rebecca Ryan
- Carl Gallagher - Elliott Tittensor
- Liam Gallagher - Johnny Bennett
- Karen Jackson - Rebecca Atkinson
- Marty Fisher - Jack Deam
- Sue Garland - Gillian Kearney
- Carol Fisher - Marjorie Yates
- Kash Karib - Chris Bisson
- Yvonne Karib - Kelli Hollis
- Jez - Lindsey Dawson
- Mandy Maguire - Samantha Siddall
- Paddy Maguire - Sean Gilder
- Mimi Maguire - Tina Malone
- Donny Maguire - Steve Bell
- Shane Maguire - Nicky Evans
- Kelly-Marie Ball - Sally Carman
- Lillian Tyler - Alice Barry
- Tony - Anthony Flanagan
- Stan Waterman - Warren Donnelly
- Monica Gallagher - Annabelle Apsion
- Norma Starkey - Dystin Johnson
Frank's Intro Speech
Now nobody's saying the Chatsworth Estate is the Garden of Eden but it's been a good home to us. To me, Frank Gallagher and me kid's who I'm proud of 'cause every single one of them reminds me a little of me. They can all think for themselves, which they've got me to thank for. Lip who's a bit of a gobshite which is why nobody calls him "Phillip" anymore, Ian, a lot like his mam which is handy for the others because she's disappeared into thin air. And Carl, we daren't let him grow his hair for two reasons, one it makes it stand on end and makes him look like Toyah, two nits love him. Debbie! Sent by God, total angel, you've to check your change but she'll go miles out of her way to do you a favour plus little Liam, he's gonna be a star some day. Sheila, me bird, couldn't be happier, one plate short of a full set like. And fantastic neighbours Kev and Veronica, lend you anything, well almost anything. Carol and Marty, the lodgers from hell, last of the lonely hearts and a psychologist's wet dream. Still, nobodies perfect, but all of them, to a man, know first and foremost one of the most vital necessities in life is they know how to throw a party! Scatter!