Gavin and Stacey

The BBC is killing off its youth channel BBC Three (home of ‘Gavin & Stacey’, ‘Little Britain’, ‘Being Human’, ‘Bad Education’ and very much regarded as the home of new comedy on the BBC) to make £100 million in cuts.

BBC Three is to be dropped from TV schedules and will move online, as part of the BBC’s cost-cutting plans.

It means shows such as Don’t Tell The Bride and Pramface will only be available through the iPlayer, rather than Freeview, satellite or cable. Continue reading »

UKTV – Fridays from 2 September, 10.10pm

Enjoy the delight of true love with Gavin and Stacy from the beginning. Gavin is an ordinary boy from England; Stacey is an ordinary girl from Wales. They speak every day on the phone at work, and yet they’ve never met… until now. 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. But when Gavin and Stacey finally meet and their ordinary worlds come together, we see, through their families, their friends and their differences, that there’s no such thing as ‘ordinary’ after all.

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.

10:05pm Friday, September 25 on TV One

Gavin is an ordinary boy from England; Stacey is an ordinary girl from Wales. After speaking on the phone to each other every day at work, they finally met, fell in love and got married.

The first season of Gavin And Stacey told the simple love story of two young people from different parts of the UK, and the impact their relationship had on their friends and family. Gavin And Stacey returns to TV ONE tonight at 10.05pm, and sees how their marriage is working out; what is happening in the lives of their respective families; and, more importantly, if their best friends Nessa and Smithy are finally getting along.

Following their honeymoon, Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page) are living with his parents in Essex until they can get a place of their own. Gavin will not even consider moving to Barry, and Stacey feels bad for leaving her family. She also wants to be there to support her newly pregnant best friend, Nessa (Ruth Jones). But Nessa has a bombshell of her own – Smithy (James Cordon) is the father of the child she is carrying.

UKTV – Fridays from 4 September, 8.30pm

With long distance love, it’s never as simple as boy meets girl. If only it were just the two of them. This is a warm-hearted contemporary comedy about two young people who refuse to let the miles between them stand in the way of true love. Gavin is an ordinary boy from Billericay, Essex in south-east England. Stacey is an ordinary girl from Barry Island, south Wales. For months, they have spoken every day on the phone at work, and yet they have 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. But when Gavin and Stacey finally meet and their ordinary worlds come together, we see – through their families, their friends and their differences – that there is no such thing as ‘ordinary’ after all. Will the course of true love run smoothly for our lovebirds, or will their family, friends and acquaintances bring everything crashing down? Written by and starring James Corden (The History Boys, Little Britain) and Ruth Jones (Nighty Night, Saxondale, Little Britain) and also starring: Mathew Horne (The Catherine Tate Show, Roman’s Empire, Teachers), Joanna Page (Gideon’s Daughter, Love Actually, The Cazalets), Alison Steadman (Life Is Sweet, The Worst Week of My Life, Confetti), Rob Brydon (Marion and Geoff, Supernova, Human Remains).

Friday 1 August, 8.30pm

Ruth Jones and James Corden, writers and co-stars of the award-winning comedy series Gavin And Stacey, were determined that mainstream comedy didn’t have to be bland.

Gavin And Stacey is a simple love story of two young people from different parts of the UK and the impact their relationship has on their friends and family.
In tonight’s final, the day of the wedding has finally arrived, and the Shipmans and the Wests are beside themselves with excitement and pride. Smithy attempts to write the definitive Best Man’s speech, but it doesn’t go quite to plan. Uncle Bryn is still acting strangely around Stacey’s brother Jason, and Nessa is acting the oddest of all: will she spill the beans on her big secret? And, most importantly, will the wedding actually take place?

“Gavin is an ordinary boy from Essex, England, and Stacey is an ordinary girl from Barry in South Wales,” says co-writer Ruth Jones, who also stars as Stacey’s best friend, Nessa. “When they fall in love, these two ordinary people and their ordinary worlds come together and we see through their friends and their families, and their differences, that there’s no such thing as ‘ordinary’ after all.”

“It’s like that ripple effect that occurs when any two people get together and start a relationship,” says James Corden. “It’s going to affect those around them, those closest to them. There’s always a knock-on effect.”

Jones and Corden met on the set of Fat Friends, got on immediately and became friends. “Who are actually fat,” adds Corden.

Corden shared his idea for a comedy about a wedding between a guy from Essex and a girl from South Wales.

“And because I’m Welsh and live in Wales, and James lives in England and has a Welsh girlfriend, we both felt qualified to write about the worlds in which our characters live,” says Jones.

“A lot of the characters are based on people we know – some of the lines have actually been said, by real people. And they’re funny. There’s as much pathos in our show as there is comedy,” says Corden. “Gavin and Stacey doesn’t exclude anyone. All generations of a family could watch this show – there’s no swearing, or sex scenes – there’s something quite mainstream about it. I never thought I’d use the word ‘mainstream’ in conjunction with anything I’d written. But this show is proof, I think, that mainstream doesn’t have to mean ‘bland’.”

Be watching the season finale of Gavin And Stacey, tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE.

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!”

Gavin And Stacey is a brand-new comedy series from the BBC about young love, two nations coming together and endless Welsh omelettes, written by and starring Ruth Jones (Little Britain, Nighty Night, Fat Friends) and James Corden (The History Boys, Fat Friends).

Stacey is from Barry, in Cardiff, and Gavin is from Essex. But the difference in backgrounds and culture doesn’t hinder their romance, which flourishes when they finally meet for the first time after hitting it off during numerous flirtatious work calls.

Stacey’s guardian-uncle, Bryn, has pledged to look out for his niece – when not obsessing over his faulty satellite navigation system – whilst Gavin is doted on by his sometimes emotionally volatile mother, Pam, who only wants the best for her “little prince”.

On the occasionally rocky route to Gavin and Stacey’s wedding, the two very different sets of families and friends must learn to get along together. The couple’s best friends, the forthright Nessa and best man Smithy, get along very, very well but, unfortunately, only when they’re plastered.

Gavin is played by Mathew Horne (Catherine Tate, Teachers), Stacey by Joanna Page (Gideon’s Daughter, Love Actually), Bryn by Rob Brydon, Pam by Alison Steadman, Nessa by Ruth Jones and Smithy by James Corden.

No details have yet been announced about a NZ air date.