I had mentioned that James McAvoy had me ‘at hello’.
The first time I consciously saw him on screen was in the UK version of Shameless.
This comedy-drama follows a group of siblings, living on a council estate in Manchester, who are basically abandoned by their parents, and develop mechanisms to survive.
Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall), an intelligent but wasteful alcoholic and his large, dysfunctional family, struggle to make ends meet by coming up with schemes.
The series is now in its 9th season, however it has fallen victim to the curse of actors who move on to bigger and better things.
This is the case with James McAvoy, who plays the role of Steve, a middle-class guy from a good family who falls in love with Fiona (Ann-Marie Duff), the oldest sibling of the Gallagher Family.
I especially recommend the first two seasons, after that characters leave the show and by season 4 the focus shifts when new characters are introduced.
There’s something beautiful about the relationship between Steve and Fiona, and when they leave the series suffers.
Nothing is ever as it seems with the Gallagher’s, and the twists and turns in the plot keep you glued to the screen.
I dare you not to fall in love with the Gallagher Family!
Despite their illegal activities and inappropriate behaviour, you find yourself rooting for the siblings.
This series is a strange twist on the concept of family and drawing strength from those closest to you.
There’s a US version of the show.
I haven’t seen it, but I hear it doesn’t hold a candle to the UK equivalent.
You can watch entire episodes on YT.