27 June

Friday 27 June, 8.30pm

Award-winning British comedy Gavin And Stacey is a series about two people who refuse to let the miles between them stand in the way of true love.

Gavin (Matthew Horne) is an ordinary Essex lad; Stacey (Joanna Page) is a sweet-natured girl from Wales. They speak every day on the phone at work, and yet they’ve never met. After countless conversations long-distance, Gavin and Stacey have become quite obsessed with each other: Stacey’s desk is littered with photos of Gavin, and Gavin has been counting the days until he will finally get to meet his Barry Island babe in the flesh.
When they do meet, it’s love at first sight and nothing much can get in the way. Except, that is, the antics of their larger-than-life friends and relatives. Whether it’s Gavin’s excitable mother Pam fretting about her ‘little prince’, or Stacey’s Uncle Bryn issuing her with a rape alarm on her first date, their well-meaning loved ones are determined to help out – whatever the consequences.

Gavin And Stacey is co-written and co-starred in by Ruth Jones, (best known for her role Myfanwy in Little Britain, the barmaid burdened with endlessly telling Matt Lucas’s Daffyd that he’s not the only gay in the village) and James Corden. The pair met on the set of Fat Friends and drew their inspiration for the show from real life. “There really is a Gavin and Stacey,” Jones reveals. “James has a friend who met his wife through talking on the phone at work and they ended up getting married. It was such a sweet thing and the idea took off from there.”

“Me and Ruth Jones orginally had this idea to make a one-off film,” continues Corden. “But we’d written a whole back story about how Gavin and Stacey met, and when we showed it to the BBC they said, “We want to see it all, do you think you could write a series?” So we wrote one episode and they commissioned us to write five more, and then we shot it and now it’s on the telly! It’s ridiculous!”

The pair have had a ball starring in their own series. “There are so many hilarious moments – the scene where Stacey and Nessa are bleaching their moustaches, we literally couldn’t do that because we were laughing so much,” says Jones. “Jo (who plays Stacey) said I looked like Deputy Dawg!”

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