Gavin & Stacey (2007– )
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Following the relationship between Gavin (Matthew Horne: Teachers and Catherine Tate) and Stacey (Joanna Page) from their initial phone flirtation, to their wedding day and beyond into married life this programme is skillfully written by James Corden and Ruth Jones who also star as Gavin and Stacey's best friends Smithy and Nessa (who completely steal the show in my opinion.) Those who've given this show a poor rating obviously have no sense of humour and can't appreciate decent comedy!
Gavin & Stacey is a story centred on 2 individuals, their family and friends. It has a very simple storyline showing how the characters relate to one another in their ordinary day to day lives.
The romance between Gavin & Stacey aside, what I loved about the series is the friendship between Gavin & Smithy and Stacey and Vanessa. It is easy to identify with how the separate pairs of besties relate to each other and remain besties throughout the series despite their changing circumstances, like Gavin & Stacey getting married and each having to leave their hometowns and their besties at different points in the series.
I particularly liked how Vanesssa (played by Ruth Jones) is so tough and yet vulnerable. Vanessa also makes makes some very terse remarks in her Welsh tongue which cracked me up. I love the soundtrack, and how the characters relate through music (music by New Order, for one).
All the actors hold their own and both scriptwriters Ruth Jones and James Corden deserve the all accolades they have received for this series.
Gavin & Stacey is one of the best comedies I have seen in recent years. It features a wonderful cast and a brilliantly written script form Ruth Jones and James Cordon. The programme is set around Gavin (an Essex boy) and Stacey (a receptionist from Barry Island) who begin their relationship over the phone when they are at work.
Feedback from the series has been so good that a second series has already been commissioned.
I have often met like people like Nessa and Gwen (Nessa's character being taken to the extreme however) but where in the world did Bryn come from? There are characteristics of Bryn that I have seen in many elderly Welshmen I have met in the valleys and even in my own Grandfather who grew up on the edge on the Rhondda valleys, but Bryn as a whole is unfathomable to me. Such a brilliantly unique character of heart warming naivety and innocence (and horrendous cringe worthiness) that no explanation can accurately describe him.
I have to say that this series completely took me by surprise. I expected it to be completely over the top and totally removed from real life...... and it is. Having said that it works to such a degree that I urge you to try it out for yourselves.
James Corden and Ruth Jones should be commended for writing a show and not making themselves the central characters a-la Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan and Co.
Great music throughout the series and some genuinely touching moments as well as some slightly 'blue' ones but all in all it is a very refreshing step in the right direction for the Beeb.
Really looking forward to the second series and finding out what Uncle Bryn and Stacey's gay brother did on that boat trip!
They must be watched in order - each episode runs naturally on but will spoil the previous episode if watched out-of-synch.
Roll on series 2
This is the type of show that perhaps the US could produce, if the show had only two writers and less than a small army of producers. And of course, the series would only run for six or seven episodes. Americans just can't seem to make a series that doesn't outstay its welcome.
Instead, here we have a triumph: an adult comedy series that is clever without being mean-spirited and sarcastic, filled with wonderful characters and wonderful writing.
A winner all round! I can't wait to see more.
Gavin and Stacey is the best programme on TV at the moment. The cast are absolute legends and the casting team could not have picked better at all. Alison Steadman has me in stitches and Rob Brydon singing James Blunt has to be a classic. The whole cast is brilliant....i don't know how you get any work done. Keep up the good work guys you are fantastic!!!!!!
The third series of the programme was very up-to-date (with references to Twitter and the recession). One of my favourite places to visit as a child, Barry Island in South Wales, features strongly in most episodes and it's an instantly recognisable place for those who have been there before. Other places in the series I could recognise were London's Leicester Square and the Severn Bridge tolling booths. A TV series revolving around the relationship of an Essex boy and a Barry girl is one of the most original ideas I've ever heard of.
There is a modern soundtrack throughout the series. Songs to feature in the programme include 'Don't Look Back Into the Sun' by the Libertines, 'Brianstorm' by Arctic Monkeys, 'Pencil Full of Lead' by Paolo Nutini and 'Wisemen' by James Blunt. The theme tune 'Run' by Stephen Fretwell is so beautiful I had to download it from iTunes.
The only downsides of the show were not getting to see Gavin and Stacey's child (due to Stacey falling regnant in the very last episode) and the train station where Gavin proposes to Stacey looks nothing like London Paddington, despite its signs. 9/10.
Not glamorous, not repulsive. We don't live in squalour, (mostly): we don't live in mouldy mansions (predominantly). For some reason, I care what the world thinks about my country and its peoples: and I inevitably think about how we are presented in films and T.V and the rest of it.
We aren't a bunch of stuck-up racists. We aren't all bad-toothed creeps. We aren't all posh, manipulative back-stabbing Hollywood criminals.
We're just people. Screwed-up, sensible; kind and cruel. Loving yet vicious. Hot and cold, yet sweet and sour. Gavin and Stacey is the one series I feel I can show to the world and say; "If you want to know what we Brits are like...that's pretty much it!" And if you don't like it....your problem.
Also, Ruth Jones is Lush.
They should do it like the American and give us more, I couldn't get enough of it, I could watch these show all day long.
Gavin and Stacey is the finest comedy, with lots of hidden(and not so much hidden) jokes, I surely would understand much more if I were English or even more familiar with them culture, but nonetheless it is fantastic.
Blood hell, give us more.