Schedulers have also commissioned new drama including an adaptation of Julie Burchill’s novel Sugar Rush and police series The Ghost Squad.
Shameless will start a new 10-part run in January, with Sugar rush to follow in spring and The Ghost Squad scheduled for autumn.
Other new additions to Channel Four’s output will include comedy series Nathan Barley, written by Brasseye creator Chris Morris with Charlie Brooker, and Meet the Magoons, based in a Glasgow curry house.
The Four Parts of Johnny Vegas and hit American acquisition Desperate Housewives, starring Teri Hatcher, are due to appear in the spring schedule.
2005 will also include the premiers of the feature length documentaries Capturing the Friedmans, Spellbound, McDonalds-baiting Supersize Me and Michael Moore’s controversial Fahrenheit 9/11.
The channel will also take on the terrorists with a new drama entitled The Year London Blew Up, which tells the story of what happened in 1974 when four IRA members living in London bedsits carried out over 100 terrorist attacks across the UK’s capital city.
By Mark Banham