The new series kicks off with the Chatsworth Estate in a time of darkest austerity.
The Gallaghers and half the estate are evicted as part of Operation New Start - a multi-agency crackdown on the benefits culture of those in social housing, led by Carmen Kenaway - played by Morwenna Banks and her toxic sidekick, Daniella Feeney - played by Judy Flynn.
Jamie and Karen are thrust into the roles of guardians of the estate when evictees turn to them for help. While things look bleak for the majority, all is bright for Jackson, who is now a fully qualified teacher.
But worse than this - Frank needs glasses. For the first time, he must confront the possibility that he may be a less than perfect physical specimen.
The camera zooms in on Marty's face as sex moans can be heard coming from another room. The camera zooms out to reveal Marty in bed with Kelly at the Brothel while Marty complains "there's spunk stains on the pillow case and dried in lubricant", Kelly replied that it's a working house. Marty suddenly jumps as Lillian enters the room dressed in a skin tight leather cat suit, complete with cat ears, she starts looking through drawers and asks Marty if he has a "little stiffy" under the covers for her. Marty splutters that he hasn't before complaining he feels ill as Lillian exits the room holding in a large dildo and a hatchet before smiling that he'll "come round eventually".
- David Threlfall - Frank Gallagher
- Elliott Tittensor - Carl Gallagher
- Valerie Lilley - Patty Croker
- Robbie Conway - Aidan Croker
- Ciaran Griffiths - Micky Maguire
- Nicky Evans - Shane Maguire
- Rebecca Atkinson - Karen Maguire
- Aaron McCusker - Jamie Maguire
- Tina Malone - Mimi Tutton
- Michael Taylor - Billy Tutton
- Sally Carman - Kelly Maguire
- Jack Deam - Marty Fisher
- Alice Barry - Lillian Tyler
- Qasim Akhtar - Chesney Karib
- Karen Bryson - Avril Powell
- Emmanuel Ighodaro - Jackson Powell
- Kira Martin - Letitia Powell
- Hannah Kew - Optician
- Morwenna Banks - Carmen Kenaway
- Judy Flynn - Daniella Feeney
- Lee Toomes - Investigator