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Shameless to be remade for India

Shameless, Paul Abbott’s Manchester-based comedy drama is to be remade for the Indian market.

The show, which was originally made by Abbott and Company Pictures for Channel 4 will be adapted and developed for the local market through a partnership between BBC Studios India Production and All3Media International.

BBC Studios will also remake Two Brothers’ crime drama, Strangers aka White Dragon for the Indian audience.

“They are two brilliant dramas, very different in tone but both equally suited to the local market who enjoy clever, captivating storylines,” explained Sameer Gogate, General Manager, BBC Studios India Production.

“With viewers’ preferences evolving and their desire for compelling content growing, we are confident that these unique shows will be a hit with Indian audiences.”

The original Shameless, which was set on the fictional Chatsworth council estate in Manchester, ran between 2004 and 2013. Starring David Threlfall, James McAvoy and Maxine Peake, the 11 series were based around the Gallagher family.

The show was adapted for Showtime in the US in 2011.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with BBC Studios which will further establish our footprint in India,” added Sabrina Duguet, Executive Vice President for APAC, All3Media International

“BBC Studios India Production shares our production values and our love for top quality drama and we know they will adapt these two dramas brilliantly for the Indian market. Our business has been going from strength to strength, with seven scripted formats already commissioned in India. We are very proud to see the tense, closed series thriller Strangers aka White Dragon become the third title from Two Brothers Pictures to be adapted in the region following the success of Marzi (Liar) and Mithya (Cheat). Additionally Company Pictures’ Shameless arrives in India having attained legendary status for its long award -winning run in the UK and via it’s acclaimed adaption in the USA – we are sure that India’s own Gallagher family antics will enthrall local audiences.”

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