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      23.03.2013 23:39
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      A great easy to watch tv show with great characters

      I love Gavin and Stacey, I'm going to get that out there right now. It's one of my favourite TV programmes and I am devastated it's not on anymore. Seriously, I still get emotional over it. Ahem, anyway.

      Gavin and Stacey is a BBC TV show based around well Gavin and Stacey, although in my opinion, they're not really the main characters, Gavin's best friend Smithy and Stacey's best friend Ness are. Their love/hate (mostly hate) relationship is what makes this show as good as it is.

      The show is written by James Corden (Smithy) and Ruth Jones (Ness) and is set in Barry, South Wales and Billericay, Essex. There are three series' and a Christmas special to enjoy, 20 episodes in total (not enough, I'm sure you'll agree). Each episode (excluding the Christmas special) is around 30 minutes long.
      I'll try to explain a bit about what the shows all about without giving much away.

      Series one starts with Gavin and Stacey meeting for the first time, they've been talking on the phone for 6 months and now have decided it's time to meet. They meet in London, Gavin brings a reluctant Smithy along with him and Stacey brings Ness.

      So the story does revolve around Gavin and Staceys blossoming relationship and it's very sweet at times. I've got to say, Gavin isn't my favourite character but I think that's mainly because I followed Mathew Horne on Twitter whilst I watched it and he bugged me so made me dislike Gavin a bit....He does have some good moments though, notably when he's on the phone to Smithy in the Christmas special and he's singing Band Aid at the top of his voice, hilarious.

      Stacey is quite a whiney, ditzy character but she's loveable and funny at times.

      Smithy, is my favourite character and I adore James Corden. He's crude, funny, moody and loyal, his tantrums are brilliant and his love for Gavin is somewhat abnormal!

      Ness is also one of my favourites, she is so straight down the line, she says exactly what she's thinking, regardless of how offensive it is. She speaks a bit weird sometimes, like saying "where to you going" - where are you going. Love it. Her life is fascinating, you get little tit bits of it throughout all three series' and you're never quite sure how old she's supposed to be.

      Bryn - he's Stacey's uncle and he is weirdly inappropriate sometimes and just a very funny, loveable character and he's played by the excellent Rob Brydon.

      Gwen - Stacey's mum, the queen of omelettes, she's quite ditzy like her daughter and is walked over a bit by people but not in a nasty way.

      Mick - Gavin's Dad, I've got to admit to having a crush on him, he's so lovely and calm; he keeps his slightly crazy wife in line. He's played by Larry Lamb, George Lambs father.

      Pam - Gavin's Mum, she's a bit deranged in her own way, overreacts to things but in a very funny way. She's one of the funniest characters.

      There are other characters such as Pete and Dawn (Mick and Pams friends), Jason (Stacey's gay older brother who has issues with Bryn over something that happened on a fishing trip....), Doris (Gwens next door neighbour, the things she comes out with will have you in stitches whilst also thinking, that's so wrong!) Dave Coaches (Ness' love interest, we don't like him).

      Ruth Jones and James Corden are brilliant writers, this show is based around real life, things that happen to normal people but they've made it very funny and great to watch. I mean there's a whole episode that basically revolves around them having a Chinese takeaway and getting a bit drunk but it's one of my favourite episodes. Their sense of humour is wicked, so much so that they named the characters Gavin West, Stacey Shipman, Peter Sutcliffe, brilliant! Some people might frown upon this but I think it's funny and shows a great sense of humour.

      As well as being a brilliant, heartwarming comedy, G&S always has a wicked soundtrack, several songs from Snow Patrol, an awesome track from Lifehouse, The Kooks - "She Moves in Her Own Way" (mine and my husbands song, ahh), Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys, plus loads more great artists. The songs always really add to the scene, especially Snow Patrol, "You could be happy" - the scene on it's own is quite moving but with this playing over it, brings me to tears nearly every time.

      I can't really say much more about it because I think it will spoil things. I definitely recommend you watch it, it's easy viewing, very funny and something you can watch over and over again.

      You can buy the DVD boxset for £11 brand new with free shipping on Amazon or if you have Netflix, you can watch it on there.

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        10.09.2010 20:08
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        I can't believe they aren't making this any more :(

        Oh!
        Gavin and Stacey is a British romantic sit-com that originally aired on BBC3 and the success of the 1st and 2nd series' lead it's 3rd to be aired on BBC2. It has been nominated for and won several awards. It has a great line-up of actors such as Rob Brydon, James Cordon, Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb, in addition to Matt Horne and Joanna Page who play the title roles. The show is even written by 2 of it's best cast members - James and Ruth - and you can see their passion for the show in both the faultlessly written script and their flawless, hilarious performances.
        The show is centred around two very different towns - Barry in south Wales and Billericay, Essex. As they come from very different (but equally 'xenophobic') worlds, the way they come together invites much hilarity.
        The main irony of the show is that while it follows the journey of Gavin and Stacey it's the way their families and particularly best friends (Smithy and 'Nessa) come together is where the fun really begins.

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          14.05.2010 00:19

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          A very funny show

          Gavin and Stacey is a sit com about a young couple and yes, you've guessed it, their names are in fact Gavin and Stacey. The pair meet online. Gavin lives in Essex with his Mum and dad and Stacey lives with her Mum in Wales, Barry Island.

          The pair arrange to meet up in London and each brings a friend with them and the four spend a weekend together in London. Gavin and Stacey are instantly smitten with each other, whilst their friends Vanessa and Smithy don't really get on at all. On their night together though Nessa and smithy get drunk and up together, much to their disgust the following day. Gavin and Stacey return to their homes and start up a long distance relationship, meeting up whenever they can.

          This programme is full of british comedy actors and it's a great show. Everyone is really well cast and it is very funny. My favourite characters are Nessa and Smithy, who wrote the series. I have also seen them in fat friends, nighty night and many other comedies and whatever they are, both are always very funny and play their parts very well and convincingly.

          Gavin and Stacey is a great sit com, don't be fooled by the bland title, it is quite original and you just have to see Rob Brydan's character Brinn, he is hilarious, he is so funny it worth watching the show just to see him.

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          20.03.2010 01:37
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          A great show for adults of all ages.

          Well what a little beauty they have come up with here. Gavin and Stacey is a TV series to be loved by all ages. The story is basically this - Gavin lives in Essex, Stacey lives in Wales. They fall in love and it all goes from there.

          Gavin and Stacey is not just about the two of them but also features their friends and family, who are very funny. The show is very original and includes some great characters. The show can also get very serious on occasion, which my girlfriend doesn't like!

          I like the show as it is very funny and original, however my girlfriend says that she loves it "for the romance". I can't say that I see that appeal myself to be fair.

          The main characters in the show are obviously Gavin and Stacey but also both of their friends, Smithy and Nessa. They are both larger than life characters in more than one sense of the word, they are both very interesting and funny in their own ways. Smithy being a bit of a jack the lad and Ness being a bit of a bird who has been around the block a few times (again in more ways than one!!)

          The show is very light hearted and is fun for all the family, young children may not enjoy it much but anyone aged 15 and over if surely to like it.

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          03.03.2010 01:57
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          A definate watch, unless you ONLY like really dark comedy - in which case probably avoid

          I don't know why I avoided Gavin and Stacey for so long. I think it's because I assumed it wouldn't be funny, that it would be quite simple and possible full of jokes about breasts and gas.

          I'm not going to waste too much space explaining the show as I'm sure you have a faint grasp of it's plot line. Essex boy called Gavin meets Welsh girl called Stacey. They fall in love. Their eccentric family and friends become intertwined. Comedy ensues.

          I saw a copy of season 1 for under £3 on play and decided to give it ago, after all, it was less than a pouch of tobacco.

          Luckily I was then ill, so was able to watch the whole series in one go. And I fell in love. Not so much with the main characters, at time I found their performances quite dry. But what a supporting cast. Bryn (sp?), Smithy, Gwen, Mick, Dorris oh all of them - but especially Ness. Sometimes the comedy is subtle, other times it's physical but it's always spot on. The characters all just seem like lovely, lovely normal everyday people. Well aside from Ness whose stories from her past will have you quoting and smiling long after the scene.

          There are so many continious in jokes, that much like Arrested Development I enjoyed it far more when I watched all three series for a second time - being able to pick up on things I hadn't before.

          I recommend this to anyone, if you fancy a nice piece of comedy with likeable characters and quotable jokes then give this a go. It really is a comedy for all tastes and ages. I just wish I'd watched it when it first aired.

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          18.02.2010 16:20
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          Love this show, but taken a star away due to the fact that Gavin & Stacey annoy me!

          Gavin and Stacey first aired on our televisions in 2007 and ended at the beginning of 2010. It didn't feel as long as that, as there were only 20 episodes in total, plus an additional Christmas special in 2008.

          The show was written by Ruth Jones and James Corden (who play Nessa and Smithy). I must say, that they kept the best characters for themselves! I'm pretty sure anyone would choose Nessa and Smithy over Gavin or Stacey any day! Matthew Horne (Gavin) can't act to save his life, is very wooden and can rarely deliver a funny line. Joanna Page (Stacey) is over the top annoying, which I'm sure is just her character, but she really irritates the hell out of me!

          The basic story of the show is Gavin and Smithy meet up with Stacey and Nessa, for the first time. Smithy and Nessa have a one night dodgy stand, where as Gavin and Stacey fall in love. The show goes from them meeting up and travelling from Essex and Barry respectively, to moving in together and getting married.

          I'll tell you a bit about their characters now.

          Gavin Shipman (played by Matthew Horne) lives in Billericay, Essex. He's one of the lads and loves going out with his mates. Pretty easy going and tends to get a bit walked over sometimes!

          Stacey West (played by Joanna Page) lives in Barry, Wales. She's clueless and naive. Stacey has been engaged a bunch of times, but never seems to settle down. Generally annoying!

          Vanessa "Nessa" Jenkins (played by Ruth Jones) is Stacey's friend. Larger than life and slightly unpredictable, Ness isn't impressed by anyone or anything. She pulls some classic one liner's out the bag.

          Neil "Smithy" Smith (played by James Corden) is the loud, life and soul of the party type of bloke. He loves his mates, going out, footie, the pub, you get the picture. Would do anything for his best mate Gavlaaaa (his nickname for Gavin), who is more like a brother to him.

          Not only are the four main characters responsible for the success of the show, the whole cast have excellent characters and they are so well written.

          You have Stacey's side of the family, Uncle Bryn (who is played by the hilarious Rob Brydon) and Gwen (Melanie Walters) who is Stacey's mum. Then you've got Gavin's side of the family, his mum Pam (Alison Steadman) and dad Mick (Larry Lamb) are an untouchable double act.

          There are a few recurring characters who are just as great, Pete and Dawn Sutcliffe (Julia Davis and Adrian Scarborough) who are Mick and Pam's friends and have me in fits of giggles! They are hilarious! You have to laugh; you can't not find them funny. Another great character is Smithy's little sister Rudi (Sheridan Smith), especially when her and Smithy are arguing, they have that brother/sister relationship down. How can I forget Gwen's next door neighbour Doris (Margaret John), who loves having a little perv over Gavin.

          All of the above bring something different to the vibe of the show and it wouldn't be the same without them. By the last series, you'd watched Gavin and Stacey's relationship grow and learnt so much about them and the rest of the cast that people have even started petitions to get another series written. To be fair the Ruth Jones and James Corden, I think they stopped it at the correct time. Before everyone got fed up with it, it was still relatively new and fresh, still funny and they left everyone wanting more.

          The show has won various awards, for example British Academy Television Awards - Audience Award and the British Comedy Awards - Best TV Comedy, both won in 2008.

          All the series are currently available to buy on DVD. You can also catch repeats on BBC Three, you might even be able to watch it on BBC I-Player; but don't hold me to that.

          Even if you're like me and don't really like Gavin and Stacey, don't let them put you off, there is alot more to this show than their romance. I bet the majority of viewers prefer Smithy and Nessa and if you tune in, you will see why.

          I'd recommend Gavin and Stacey to anyone. I don't know anyone who doesn't like it. I've sat down and watched this show with people who have completely different tastes to me, and we've been laughing along together, so in my eyes, it's pretty much a well rounded success.

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            12.02.2010 11:52
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            A cross country love story.

            The excellent Gavin and Stacey series has finished but with rumours of more Christmas specials hopefully we have not seen the last of these two and their friends and family.

            What I loved about this story was that it was described by the writers, James Corden and Ruth Jones, as a story of two families coming together. It was really lovely to see throughout the seasons how not only did Gavin and Stacey come to love each other but their families and friends became friends too. The same thing happened to me and my husband in that I am not friends with his friends and family and vice versa and I think it just enriches your life and that of those around you. This to me was just such a feel good series and with all the doom and gloom around it's nice to see a programme where people actually get on and love each other.

            I have to say that the characters definitely live up to their stereotypes and they play up to those a little bit too. There are the Welsh characters who are very Welsh and the Essex bunch who are very London.

            Gavin is from Billericay in Essex, while Stacey is from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. The two initially struck up a friendship over the telephone and eventually meet in person and soon decide they can't live without each other and get married but where to live together is a bit of a problem as Essex and Wales are obviously a long way from each other. The great thing about this show is that not only do we see the relationship between these two developing but we also see a very different relationship between that of their best friends Neil "Smithy" Smith (James Corden) and Vanessa "Nessa" Jenkins (Ruth Jones). These two for me are actually the two funniest characters and so am pleased that they both play quite a big role in the series. These two are actually the writers of the show and I think this really adds another dimension to the show in that they have a bigger love for the show and the characters I think than someone else who was maybe just a writer and not a character in the show. I think because they are actually are the characters and have to act out what they write they have more love for the role.

            Nessa for me is so bland and drole and it's remarkable how different she looks and acts in real life, it's almost not the same person. I think Smithy though is probably just the same in real life but this is what makes him quite loveable.

            Gavin and Stacey are surrounded by their families in the show too and they play quite a big part in the shows. In the beginning Gav lives with his mum and dad, Mick and Pam who are really nice. They are the kind of parents I think you would actually want as parents. Stacey lives with her mum Gwen when they first meet too.The funniest episodes for me have been when they make road trips to either Barry or Billericay. For example, in the third series Smithy and all of Gav's mates come to Barry and stay with Stacey's uncle Bryn who is probably the Welshest man ever and he decks out his house like a proper bachelor pad with table football, lads mags and makes them lots of lovely food and then goes out and gets drunk with them in the evening.

            Like I've said above, the show is finished now but it ran for 20 episodes in all, from 13 May 2007 to 1 January 2010, comprising three series and a Christmas special. I liked the way it ended but would definitely be excited if they did some more episodes. In 2008 the show won the British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) Audience Award, and the British Comedy Awards Best TV Comedy Award. I would definitely recommend this show.

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              05.01.2010 22:52
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              Well-written, light-hearted comedy with a great script and cast

              After hearing so much about Gavin and Stacey and how much friends had enjoyed it I decided to give it a try and watched the final series. Since then I've watched the entire box set - series one to three plus Christmas specials (in a very short space of time!). With two Bafta wins and four British Comedy Awards, it is not a programme that should be overlooked.

              Summary:

              Written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, the story is based on Gavin (an average boy from Billericay, Essex) and Stacey from Barry in Wales. After speaking on the phone with each other every day at work, they finally decide to meet. Even though it is love at first sight, the relationship isn't easy as there is the problem of living in different countries, as well as their families to consider. At the end of the first series, the two get married.

              The cast and characters:

              Gavin Shipman, played by Mathew Horne, is one of the title characters. He first lives with his mother and father (Pamela - Alison Steadman and Mick - Larry Lamb) in Billericay, Essex, until he moves in with Stacey in Barry. His best friend is Smithy played by James Corden.

              Stacey Shipman, played by Joanna Page lived at home with her mother Gwen (Melanie Walters) until her marriage. She has been engaged six times, but only married once - to Gavin. Her best friend is Nessa (Ruth Jones). Stacey has a protective Uncle named Bryn, played by Rob Brydon, who lives across the road and seems to jump in whenever anything is occurring.

              My opinion:

              There are many hilariously funny moments in the series, but the best thing for me has to be the catchphrases. 'Lush', 'Tidy' and 'What's occurring?' are just a few of those that you find yourself repeating in your best Welsh accent. The best character in my opinion has to be Nessa who never fails to make me laugh - or cringe. I think 'Gavin and Stacey' is well worth watching if you haven't already tried it!

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                Love story of a girl named Stacey from Barry and an Essex lad Gavin.

                Being from Barry, myself, married to an out-of-towner, I loved the storyline behind Gavin and Stacey and could completely sympathise with both characters in their plight to find the perfect location for them to settle donw. The series started off being absolutely one of a kind laugh out loud funny and, despite some reservations as to how long the same jokes could remain funny, it continued and ended in the same vein. Every character is well thought out and so funny in their own way and the comedy is so basic and lifelike that it seems it is impossible to not sit watching it saying "how true is that", "I completely know what they mean" etc... I think the awards they have won for the series speak for themselves and many of the actors have now gone on to find bigger projects to become involved in which is "well lush". Being a Barryite it is nice to see how much interest this series has brough to the town, now when I tell people I am from Barry, I don't have to say "just outside Cardiff", they all know immediately "Ah yes Barry Island!" This is a feel-good series perfect for the whole family. The only downside to the series is that the episodes are so short [only half hour] and the series are only 6 episodes long which is just not enough.

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                  02.01.2010 12:55
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                  Give it a go!

                  I am new to this program, even though the last ever episode was shown last night on tv, I felt like I had to watch it even though I am half way through the first series! Don't take this program too seriously or else you will be like 40% of the country who say that they just 'don't get it'. Well thats the thing you see, there is nothing to get! It is a light hearted show containing a few funny catch phrases such as 'What's occuring' 'Tidy' 'I know' and 'lush'. It shows you the funny side of sterotypical londoners and Welsh. It is not mean to be offensive or serious so watch it if you are looking for a bit of lighthearted entertainment but I can see why it is not eveyones cup of tea as it is not everyone's sense of humour. I'd watch a few episodes on TV then if you like, get the DVD as it has now finished running on tv.

                  Lush!

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                    Ok at first but annoying after a while

                    Having just watched the very last episode tonight I thought I would state my opinion of the show everyone raves about.

                    Gavin and Stacey is a BBC comedy show written by and starring James Corden (as Smithy) and Ruth Jones ( as Nessa) It also stars Mathew Home as Gavin and Joanna Page as Stacey.
                    It originated on BBC3 in May 2007 then went to BBC2 and the xmas specials were aired on BBC1.
                    The basics of the show is about the two people the show is named after, it follows the two and their beginnings of a relationship. Stacey is Welsh lives in Barry and Gavin is English living in Billericay, Essex. They meet on the internet. This does have some hiccups about the distance when each family wants them to live near them. Stacey first moves to Essex but then in the last series Gavin gets a job in Barry. Smithy (Gavins best mate) is funny when they move to Wales as he feels hurt and cheated by his mate leaving him like this.

                    The other main characters are Gavins best mate Neil 'Smithy' Smith and Vanessa 'Nessa' Shanessa Jenkins is Staceys fat friend. They make the show really, I think, as Gavin and Stacey are quite bland but I guess that's the power you have when you write the script!

                    It is mostly known for the catchphrases 'What's occurring?' 'Tidy' and 'Lush' But my favourite between me and my friends is Nessa's quote 'Having a bit of 'me' time' this had me in stitches for days when she didn't need the batteries!! (if you haven't seen it you can imagine what I mean!!)

                    My opinion (for what its worth!)
                    Now this is a show that everyone seems to rave about, including my best friend which made me watch it. I do admit there are some really funny bits in it but its nothing new really is it. There are many of these types of shows and they are all on the same level really. I don't think there is one that stands above the others. I have just watched the very last episode and it really disappointed me, it wasn't very funny, the sayings aren't as funny as when we first heard them and I think they are doing the right thing by not doing anymore as they will just become droll. It did have some great characters in it but when they are all chatting in their 'I have the best welsh accent' and have to say their name after every sentence it gets a bit tedious. Obviously I am probably in the minority here but still my favourite comedy show is Gimme Gimme Gimme!

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                      A classic must have for any DVD collection

                      What a lush comedy..a fairy tale romance between Gavin from Barry and Stacey from Billericay. The first series charts them meeting for the first time and falling in love. There are only a few hiccups along the way, such as when Gavin finds out about Stacey's 5 previous engagements. The wedding day itself, is fantastic at the end of series 1, with a few tear-jerking moments.

                      Series 2 shows the 2 characters adjusting to married life, with Stacey living with the in-laws in Essex, while their best friends (Smith and Nessa) prepare for the baby.

                      The comedy is fabulous, and full of characters that you immediately warm to. In fact the two title characters probably add the least to the programme. It is the family and friends which make the show, from Stacey's Uncle Bryn, with the infamous fishing trip, through to Mick and Pam. Who can forget when Pam was planning on eating 3 steaks as part of the Atkins diet. Even Doris the neighbour, has said some of the funniest lines in the show.

                      This is a heart-warming comedy, that deserves the awards it has won. You can tell how much fun the cast had making it, especially whenever Gavin and Smithy's friends appeared. This is a must have for any DVD collection, and it's such a shame the series is finishing. That said, I hope they don't ever make another series, because these are 3 series of comedy gold, which are perfect.

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                        Boy meets girl in Billariccy and Barry

                        It may seem untimely to write about Gavin and Stacey when it's coming to the end of it's three season run, however for those who have not seen it, catch it now before it is too late.

                        Based in Billariccy and Barry the series is about Gavin and Stacey (who meet on the phone at work) and on finally meeting fall quickly in love. The series charts their marriage and life and the subsquent coming together of two very different families.

                        Written by James Corden and the excellent Ruth Jones it is no wonder that the series is the winner of two baftas and four British Comedy awards. The series is unpretentious and extremely likeable with some genuine comedy moments, in part due to excellent timing and strong casting including James Corden, Ruth Jones, Matthew Horner, Rob Brydon and Alison Steadman and the unfortunately named Larry Lamb.

                        If you have heard the phrases Whats occurin, I wont lie to you etc they have all come from this series. A must watch.

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                          05.12.2009 11:53
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                          Sitcoms for simpletons

                          Not only are the new sitcoms that come along getting increasingly naff (if that's possible) but also rather patronising. We have seen with the reality TV genre that those shows are cheap to make because you can cast unpaid idiots for no fee, their reward the chance to change their lives on national TV, as long as they can get all emotional on queue and do lots of dumb things. If you're watching The Restaurant (is it me or is Steve a really fat Jamie Oliver look-alike without any cooking skills?) on BBC2 then you have a good idea on who to cast to make an entertaining TV hour and who not to pick to run a professional restaurant with world renowned chef Raymond Blanc, who seems to qualify as that just because he has a fancy French ascent. So the TV ethos seems to be why not transfer that to sit com, my huge problem with Gavin & Stacey.

                          As Reality TV show has been so successful for TV they have a few quid to spend on new sitcoms. Channel Four have a winner on their hands with the I.T Crowd and the BBC has Gavin & Stacey, the latter one of the most popular new sitcoms to hit terrestrial for a very long time, although lucky to scrape three million viewers on BBC1, which makes me wonder if this is really all that it seems. Successful sitcoms aren't easy to make and so you at least have to congratulate the BBC for that much. Episode one of the new series on Thursday night bagged an impressive seven million up against I'm A Celebrity...

                          I absolutely love one of the above two sitcoms - but it isn't Gavin & Stacey. I have yet to laugh at it; where as the I.T Crowd is just silly silly funny every time. I just don't get why Gavin & Stacey is so popular. Yes it's inoffensive and warm and some people clearly can relate to the characters but the writing is so safe and the jokes anything but risky I just switch off. I have tried to get it but it's not there for me.

                          It's the same scenario with the Royal Family on BBC1 and ITV1`s Benidorm. I'm sure they are loveable well written working-class characters that inhabit homely situations to appeal to that core audience but to me it's all rather patronising and stereotyping in the writing. These are middle-class writers and actors portraying the working-class as they see them, which is way off. All they seem to do in the Royal Family is watch telly and talk very slowly to the viewers as if they are idiots. It feels like it's written so the middle-class can snigger at the characters and their boring lives rather than get us to laugh with them. Ruth Jones and Rob Corden write Gavin & Stacey (almost Darren & Tracey) but they are not really of that world, but write their pseudo working-class world into it, and so not really writing from experience of being them, where I presumed the humour came from. The funniest humour is the risky and taboo stuff that nibbles away at your thoughts that you know you should never say and I can only presume shows like these attract those audience that don't want to go there. Is Gavin & Stacey really just a comfort blanket? I have no proof but one would suspect Gavin & Stacey fans are not Ricky Gervais admirers. Sometimes people play it safe in life and need to see that on the goggle box after a days work in the warehouse or office, Gavin & Stacey TV fish and chips.

                          -The Cast-

                          Gavin -Mathew Horne
                          Stacey -Joanna Page
                          Smithy -James Corden
                          Nessa -Ruth Jones
                          Mick -Larry Lamb
                          Pam -Alison Steadman
                          Bryn -Rob Brydon
                          Gwen -Melanie Walters

                          -The Plot-

                          The show is centred around the romance between only child pleb Gavin (Mathew Horne) from Essex and dippy Stacey (Joanna Page) from Wales, who lives with her widowed mom Gwen (Melanie Walters), the modern twist that the couple met on the internet. Through the first series we get to learn about their over-protective families and series two sees Stacey move from her home town of Barry to Billericay in Essex to marry Gavin. Series three looks at Gavin moving the other way to live in Barry for a new job and the families adjusting around that.

                          Gavin's best mate is motor mouth Smithy (James Corden), a man who likes his beer, curries and supports Spurs. 'Nessa' (Ruth Jones) is Stacey's fat best friend from Barry and likes tattoos and tomboy things. Because both Nessa and Smithy are fat the writers decided to pair them up in series two for a phantom baby. Uncle Brynn is the single 40 something male relative we all have and the only risky comic turn in the pack with any good lines, more than a hint of closet gay about him, having a penchant for chick TV like Sex in the City. Michael (Larry Lamb) and Pamela (Alison Steadman) are Gavin's house proud parents. The series basically consists of jamming them all into the same room in traditional sitcom style where they get to exaggerate their regional ascents in the loudest possible voice, which Corden insists is his in every scene, even if he is not in the scene. You can hear the fat mouth in Wales. Various standard sitcom plot lines are then introduced, although, as yet, no vicar has jumped out of a wardrobe without his trousers.

                          -The Conclusion-

                          To me Gavin & Stacey is another My Family or 2.4 Children, safe situation comedy that appeals to the masses and relies on the majority share of those guys tuning in for it to work. It's not aiming at a specific demographic and just keeping it simple. The writing is warm but basic, belly laughs few and far between. The characters are annoying and shouty and very patronising to Welsh and Essex people in general. James Corden is incredibly annoying in everything he does and one of those fat jolly people that over compensates to get attention so you just want to punch his flabby face to shut him up.
                          There's nothing funny about Gavin and Stacey's characters and it is left to Rob Brydon idiot character to insert the better line into the situation.

                          It's a bit naughty to write this just to slag off Britain's favourite sitcom but I'm fed up of the BBC churning out TV aimed at idiots (no offence). Its bad enough having to suffer the bloody 'One Show' when our mum comes around to the house. Please can we have more Chris Morris and David Brent commissioned and less Rob Corden and Robert Lindsay. I know there should be more TV volume on the license fee for regular Joes as there are more of those than people who demand to be stimulated by TV but at least put some clever in-jokes in G&S. We love Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert but how could you warm to James Corden and the two dimensional Mathew Horne and Joanna Page?

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                            One of the best BBC comedies in many years!

                            Gavin and Stacey is a BBC sitcom set between the towns of Billericay in Essex and Barry in Wales. It was originally shown on BBC3 but has since made the grand leap over to BBC1. It was written by James Corden and Ruth Jones who also star in the series along with Matthew Horne and Joanna Page. The show is currently on its third and unfortunately final series (2 episodes in) and the first two episodes can be viewed on BBC iplayer. All further episodes can be caught on BBC1 Thursdays at 9pm. The first two series' are available on DVD.

                            The show is set on the relationship of Gavin (Matt Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page.) Series 1 documents their story from first meeting to their eventual marriage. Along the way their friends and families meet which results in the pregnancy of Stacey's best friend, the rather scary, Nessa (Ruth Jones) by Gavin's best mate Smithy (James Corden.)

                            In series 2 things follow on as Gavin and Stacey begin their newly married life at Gavin's parents' home in Essex where Stacey soon becomes homesick for Barry. Nessa and Smithy have their own problems with a very young baby Neil and the parents barely able to hold a civil conversation.

                            Series 3 has begun with Stacey and Gavin moving back to Barry to Stacey's delight and Smithy's disgust. Things aren't going very well for poor Smithy at this point as he is afraid he's losing his best friend. Not to mention the fact that Nessa is now engaged to a new man, Dave, who seems to be taking over Smithy's role as father to Neil. So as we move into Series 3 the question is whether or not precious friendships and relationships will be able to stay strong with our central couple now living in Barry.

                            I started watching Gavin and Stacey back when it was first aired on BBC3 in 2007. Despite being a fan of edgier more "dangerous" comedy there was something about this show that really hit the spot for me. For a start it was very different in its sitcom style of presentation to many other comedies around at that time. I was also impressed with the way that it addressed the differences between the characters from Essex and those from Barry without becoming too stereotypical.

                            Gavin and Stacey is incredibly well written and whilst it is very funny it is not just comedy for comedy's sake as there is a strong and interesting plot running through the show. Jones and Corden have an amazing talent to take everyday situations and create humour from them. They have created a comedy show that is neither elitist nor moronic in its style of humour.

                            However, it is the characters that really make the show what it is.

                            Joanna Page as Stacey is sweet and quite innocent like but her colourful past (five engagements prior to Gavin) gives her added depth. Page is probably the least comedic of the group but she plays her part really well and balances out very well with the other stronger characters.

                            Matthew Horne plays Gavin and I really like how he didn't turn the character into an Essex wide boy whilst managing to keep some of the cheeky chappy personality about him. The best friendship between him and Smithy is very believable and, in terms of comedy, they thrive off of each other.

                            James Corden as smithy is loud, quite brash but completely lovable. The scenes of him singing to Gavin or just alone in his car are inspired as he unashamedly belts out each word as if he is Gary Barlow. As Smithy, I think James Corden is the man who brings the show together.

                            Ruth Jones stars as Nessa and really plays the part of a strong, independent, quite mad and fairly aggressive woman brilliantly. Nessa has a past so deep, dark and complex that it doesn't bear thinking about but I am still really drawn to this character. She is also the most quoted character on the show and has some hilarious one liners.

                            Rob Brydon stars as Stacey's Uncle Bryn and is absolutely hilarious. His simple unassuming nature combined with a catching enthusiasm for anything and everything is fabulous. Brydon's singing voice is also a nice surprise and adds another dimension to his character.

                            Pam (Gavin's mum) is played by Alison Steadman and she really captures the identity of a quite over protective mother who is also quite neurotic and has tendencies to overact to the point of being hysterical. Her personality is nicely weighed out by that of her husband Mick, played by Larry Lamb, who is very down to earth and calm. Lamb and Steadman are one of the many great comedic partnerships in the show.

                            Gavin and Stacey is one of the few comedies that I can sit down and watch with my family without anyone becoming bored, offended or just "not getting it." It is accessible comedy that has an air of optimism about it which makes you smile as well as laugh. I always enjoy watching an episode of this show and am looking forward to the rest of series 3 which I urge you all to watch as I'm sure you won't regret it!

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                            The show revolves around the developing romance and eventual marriage of Gavin and Stacey.