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Gavin and Stacey
Member Name: minimunchkin
Gavin and Stacey
Advantages: Funny, heartwarming
Disadvantages: Not enough episodes
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.
Summary: A great easy to watch tv show with great characters