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Shameless goes to shul

    Boozy Frank (left, played by David Threlfall) and his Jewish saviour in Shameless
    Boozy Frank (left, played by David Threlfall) and his Jewish saviour in Shameless

    Shameless, Channel 4's ribald drama about life on a Manchester estate, is about the last place on TV you'd expect to find a Jewish sub-plot.

    But the kippahs popped up on Tuesday in an episode which had the inebriate anti-hero Frank waking up drunk in a local synagogue and ending up being conscripted as a Shabbes goy.

    The scene was filmed not in shul, but in a set modelled on Wilbraham Road, the former site of South Manchester Synagogue.

    The storyline also took in a stolen menorah, a reformed gambler and - appropriately for the time of year - a question of atonement (though not as you'd hear it put from any pulpit in a fortnight).

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