Gavin And Stacey returns to One

11:00pm Friday, August 20 on TV One

With four British Comedy Awards and two Baftas to its name, hit British comedy Gavin And Stacey returns for a third series.

Rob Brydon plays Uncle Bryn and tells The Guardian that everybody knows an Uncle Bryn; “Everybody does, it’s true. I was an immediate fan of the show – how could I not be? I’m from Wales and half the characters seemed to be drawn from my own extended family. But then I discovered this was exactly what everybody else thought too. They were ordinary. And their relationships were ordinary, their conversations hum-drum, their observations mainly banal. Gavin And Stacey is like life, just funnier.”

Star and co-creator, James Corden tells The Guardian about his character Smithy: “What we wanted was to play actual, three-dimensional people, not just the good-looking guy’s mate, and if our show demonstrates anything, it’s that there’s no reason why the good-looking guy’s mate can’t be as interesting as the good-looking guy. I think Steve Carell and Seth Rogen did the same thing, really. They thought, ‘wait a minute, people will care’ It’s mostly just television executives or film producers who made this assumption that people won’t care about someone who’s unattractive.”

In tonight’s episode, as Gavin (Mathew Horne) starts his new job, the move to Barry Island means big changes for the whole family. Pam (Alison Steadman) and Mick (Larry Lamb) have to adjust to an empty nest while Gwen’s (Melanie Walters) got a full house again. Stacey (Joanna Page) is in her element, but will this finally be the solution to the couple’s long-distance problem?

And how will Gavin take to living in Wales? Smithy (James Corden) questions their friendship along with his own role as father – and with Dave Coaches on the scene and now engaged to Nessa (Ruth Jones), will Smithy find himself pushed out of the frame?

As with any extended family, living in different countries separated by a long bridge and a toll gate, there are always a few unwanted complications and a couple of surprises no one could ever have predicted.

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