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      19.11.2012 13:56
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      Fantastic comedy!

      Gavin Stacey is my favourite TV show of all time that I never ever get bored of! It is a comedy the follows the lives of Gavin (from Essex) and Stacey (from Barry, Wales) as they fall in love and go through the ups and downs of a long distance relationship then marriage.

      Whilst the show is named after Gavin & Stacey, I feel that it's their friends and family that really complete the show and make it what it is. Their best friends Nessa and Smithy are played by the creators of the show; Ruth Jones and James Corden, and both play the parts very well. Rob Brydon also stars as Stacey's uncle Bryn who is hilarious in a cringe inducing way. When watching the show, you can tell that Ruth and James have really thought about each of the characters and how they can bring out the best in each other. This is visible all through the series' as the jokes and banter between them is unbeatable. You can also see that the actors get along extremely well off screen as some of the scenes are ad-libbed and you can see them enjoying the jokes and banter as much as the audience at home.

      I have yet to find someone who doesn't love Gavin & Stacey. It's a great TV show that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. I think the main reason for this is that you can often see a bit of someone you know within the characters and this makes them even funnier. The show also covers a lot of big events that everyone faces in life; marriage, birth, christenings and new jobs, in a way that is endearing to the situation but also laced with exceptional comedy.

      The only downside to Gavin & Stacey is that there have only been 3 series so far. I hope that there are many more on the horizon but this has yet to be confirmed by the writers.

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      Creators - James Corden and Ruth Jones
      Year Commenced - 2007
      No. of series' - 3

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        08.04.2009 12:07
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        Suitable for all people.

        Before I moved to the UK, I heard British parents and their grown up children are very independent . They don't interfere in the personal affairs of each other. I thought it would be a kind of 'cold' relationship between them.

        After I watched Gavin & Stacey, I changed my mind. The relationship between them are very much closer than I thought. It's just different from what I was used to.

        The story started from a pair of young lovers, Gavin and Stacey. They knew each other because of a business telephone contact. Then they fell in love and got married quickly.

        Around them, many people involved, including Gavin's parents , his friends, especially his best friend, Stacey's mother, her uncle, her best friend, and their neighbors, etc. Funny stories developed.

        When I watched I felt it really happened in my life. They were close as my neighbors. So funny, so easygoing. It's from people's life and made you feel it's really on. Their story might happen with yourself, some of your friends , or your parents. I think it's one reason that it was so popular last year till now.

        When I watched it I felt I was more involved in the British society. I don't feel lonely anymore.

        When I heard the series would stop doing more I felt so upset. It seemed I lost a good friend.

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          27.01.2009 20:12
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          Gavin and Stacey have completed two series of the hit sitcom however it is only until the first series has been shown on BBC3 that I have actually watched it and found it really good. I haven't seen the second series so I am really hoping that they repeat this too and I have heard they are currently writing a third series.

          Gavin and Stacey are two young people that speak regularly on the phone through their work and after countless conversations they decide to meet, however they live in two different countries, Gavin from Essex and Stacey from Barry Island in Wales. Each having a best friend they decide to meet and bring their friends along with them. Hitting it off, their romance blossoms and turns into a very quick turnaround of them meeting, getting engaged and getting married.

          The Characters

          Gavin - still lives with his mum and dad in Billericay, Essex, and is a typical cockney lad. However since meeting Stacey we have seen a different side to him, the caring, considerate and ideal man any young girl could want. Gavin dotes on Stacey and is well and truly in love with Stacey. When he is not in Wales with his wife to be, he can normally be found with his best mate, Smithy.

          Stacey - bought up by her mother and her uncle Bryn as her father passed away when she was young. Stacey loves her home town of Barry Island and always gets home sick when she goes to visit Gavin in Essex. She comes across all quiet and shy however there is another side to her that gets unleashed every so often. Stacey has a secret that she has not told Gavin yet, that she has been engaged 5 times before. Her best friend is Nessa, in which they are inseperable.

          Smithy - is an overweight loud mouth but also as the same time is also very funny. He thinks a lot of his best friend Gavin and feels that he is losing him at the same time. Smithy doesn't really have any morals and when it comes to women he will sleep with anything that will sleep with him. He is a devoted friend to Gavin and has also built up a relationship on a sexal basis with Stacey's friend Nessa.

          Nessa - really is a female version of Smithy. They both love their food and sex and on a couple of occasions have found themselves sleeping together and regretting it the morning after, however this is not a one off and has happened a number of times. Nessa really should be a man, she has no manner, smokes and drinks for England and is not really that feminine however she has her fair share of attention from the men.

          Gavin and Stacey is written brilliantly by James Corden who plays Smithy and Ruth Jones that plays Nessa. I have always had a liking for James Corden and have found him very funny in whatever he has been in. It's a great shame that the program has not been aired on BBC1, however is a blessing that it is being repeated as it is a great program that I am glad I have had the opportunity to watch.

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            07.01.2009 15:44
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            A really nice, funny sitcom

            Gavin and Stacey is a sitcom written by James Corden and Ruth Jones - both of whom star in the show - for BBC Three. It follows the first meeting and subsequent relationship of Essex boy Gavin Shipman and Welsh lass Stacey West who speak regularly on the phone in their respective workplaces for 6 months before finally meeting in London. We also get to meet Stacey's best friend Nessa, a chain-smoking trucker with a colourful past and Gavin's best mate Smithy, a larger than life Essex boy. Smithy and Nessa have some of the best lines in the show - I particularly like Nessa's stories about her famous past loves and a series of unlikely former careers. Also worthy of mention is Rob Brydon as Stacey's uncle Bryn who is a fantastic and very funny character. Gavin and Stacey doesn't rely on catchphrases or deliberately wacky plot devices but lets the humour come from the meeting of these two very odd but at the same time very normal families. There is something really warm and genuine about the characters which will keep you watching to find out what happens next.

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              28.11.2008 21:44
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              The funniest programme to hit BBC for years!

              Gavin and Stacey is the only tv programme to have had me in stitches for a long time!

              The two main characters are a young couple, Gavin (from Essex) and Stacey (from Barry), and the storyline follows their buddin romance through from the first time they meet to their wedding and all the problems that getting married brings them.

              The writers are pure genius, some of the one-liners and situations in the programme are inspired. Gavin's Mum makes me laugh, as the first time she met Stacey she pretended to be a vegetarian as her husband had just walked in with bag fulls of vegetarian food that she told him to get in case as she hadnt asked if Stacey's family were meat eaters or not. So all through the rest of the programmes she is constantly stuffing meat in her mouth on the sly.

              I love the way his Mum refers to Barry as "Barry's island", makes me chuckle everytime. My family are all from near Barry although I dont live there, so some of the "welsh" jokes are very relevant!

              And just what did happen on the fishing trip, Bryn?! There is going to be a Christmas special of Gavin and Stacey so hopefully we might finally find out!!!

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                27.11.2008 23:02
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                Very funny, a must see

                I cannot imagine this comedy series could come out of any other country than Britain, and it is great to see such a fine comedy effort that I am sure will gain even more popular acclaim as time goes on. It has a great balance between comedy and a sweet story line about young love bridging South Wales and Essex.

                The beauty of Gavin and Stacey is that it does not have the big, totally lined up punch line gags that American Sit-Coms are so often ruined by. The jokes in this series are very gentle but extremely sharp and come down to great observational humour. These observations are of people, places and popular culture. There will be so many times when you are watching that you will think this scene relates directly to my life or people's lives that you know! The characterisation is brilliant and the writes have done incredibly well in creating many three dimensional characters that you can almost think you know. My favourite is Uncle Bryn, who reminds me of Alan Partridge except where as Mr P actually is not the nicest person, Bryn has a heart of gold. His relationship with Gavin and Smithie is strange, yet frankly somehow touching.

                If you like Peep Show, Alan Partridge and the Office then check this out. It has the same slightly cringe worthy feel to at times, but more often gives a true and good insight to modern day life.

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                  25.11.2008 23:23
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                  I have recently got into Gavin and Stacey after hearing some rave reviews about it. I was very aware that usually when you get rave reviews about something and then watch it you hate it. With this it was different though as is it is a thoroughly original programme with great characters, sweet storylines and just utterly nice to watch. In fact I would say it was the most enjoyable piece of TV I have seen this year and here is why.

                  The show is about Gavin and Stacey and their budding relationship. Gavin is from Essex and Stacey is from Barry in Wales. They talk and talk on the phone and this series is about them actually meeting for the first time. They bring along their friends Nessa and Smithy and then their relevant families along the way for the ride and it is a ride of hilarity as people collide, clash, love each other and just basically try to get along.

                  The story follows through in each episode and series 1 is literally about how everybody is thrown together. The story is very sweet and nice and just utterly enjoyable as I will keep saying in this review. I love it as it is the kind of story that you can just sit down and watch and not worry about swearing or violence or anything that make anybody feel uncomfortable as it is so wonderful.

                  There are no special effects and I have to say this show is not exactly a laugh a minute and laugh out loud comedy but a lot of it is so subtle you will laugh for days about what you have watched. In my opinion series 2 is better than series 1 but only because you already know the characters so you understand where they are coming from and their personalities a bit more but the whole show is fabulous. In fact I have not seen one bad episode in 2 series which is great.

                  So now we get to the actual characters who are so fantastic. Nessa is my favourite as she is straight talking, absolutely hilarious without meaning to be and she just makes you want her to come onto the screen. For the same reasons Smithy is great as he plays Gavin's best friend who loves Gavin more than Stacey actually does I think. Together these characters are wonderful.

                  Gavin and Stacey are nice characters who you just want everything to work out for them when they meet as they are instantly likeable. I also like Gavins mom Pam who likes to flirt with all of his friends and Stacey's uncle Brynn who has such a sweet innocence to him. Seriously though every single one of these characters is fantastic and I have not seen one unlikeable character yet.

                  Character development is fantastic and you get to know them all very well. Also I think that you can probably identify with all of them in some way so it is this that makes everything believable that happens which is great.

                  The actual actors in this show are genius but due to my love of characters Nessa and Smithy I have to say that James Corden and Ruth jones are geniuses in my eyes. You see not only do they star in the show but they wrote the show. I will not go through all of the actors but what I will say is that every single one fits their role and plays them so well so I love them all.

                  There is not one bit of bad acting and they really do make the show as watchable as it really is.

                  Now this show is on the BBC but it has finished at the moment. However if you do want to watch it then series 1 and 2 are out on DVD now so you can pick them up for around £10 each. Believe me they are worth getting and you will not be disappointed as it is fantastic in every way.

                  Thoroughly recommended.

                  Thanks for reading.

                  xxx

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                    25.05.2008 22:50
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                    Excellent British comedy

                    This is an excellent comedy which can be found on BBC3 and it is no surprise that it has won a load of comedy awards recently as it is very funny.

                    The comedy deals with a simple love affair between an Essex boy called Gavin (Mathew Horne) and a girl from Barry in Wales Stacey (Joanna Page) wh meet through work over the phone and when they finally meet it is love at first sight. This is a delightfully funny comedy however the two main characters are the sensible ones, it is the characters around them who provide the laughs, both of the writers James Corden (Smithy) and Ruth Jones (Nessa) play their best friends who have a love hate relationship and it is so funny how they cannot stop sleeping with each other, the scene with the grass stains is hilarious.

                    Gavin mum and dad are also hilarious as is Stacey Uncle Bryn played by the excellent Rob Brydon. This is observational humour at its finest and the whole series is well packaged with some excellent performances. Like many great hits the only worry is that the writers will end it all too soon, in a way this is nice in that it finishes at the top however it does leave you wanting more. At least there will probably be a xmas special to look forward to.

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                      24.05.2008 22:37
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                      What a gem of a sitcom!

                      What a refreshing and quirky sitcom this is!. The episodes revolve around Gavin & Staceys eventful lovelife and their circle of friends and family. The cast are all great and each show is masterfully penned by the writers. The characters are all charming in their own way, with Smithy stealing the show with his clingy friendship with Gavin and cheeky sense of humour. Ness, played by Ruth Jones(Little Britain, Fat Friends, Nighty Night) who plays Stacey's sister in the show is always entertaining and injects her own brand of dry humour to proceedings. Each episode leaves you in anticipation for the next and would definately be worth watching on DVD to get the full benefit of the superb character development.

                      If you are tired of the same old cheesy sitcoms flooding our screens and are lookng for something original and involving I would highly recommend you give this show a watch.... I promise you wont regret it.

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                        14.03.2008 21:59
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                        Fantastic comedy that you just have to see.

                        I am a sucker for a new programme on TV, hence why I became the TV Guide as I will watch absolutely anything normally late at night when I am unable to get to sleep.

                        More and more often I am finding that BBC Three is the channel for me offering programmes that I really enjoy and when I saw an advertisement for Gavin and Stacey I decided to watch it as it contained one of my favourite comedy performers James Corden.

                        This is a multi-award winning sitcom and the 2nd series is due to resume this month on Sunday 16th at 9pm.

                        Two of the main Characters actually write the show Ruth Jones (previously of Little Britain) and James Corden(Previously of Fat Friends and Presenter of Big Brother's Big Mouth)
                        They both met when they starred together in "Fat Friends".

                        *~*The Characters*~*

                        Gavin Shipman played by Matthew Horne a 26 year old Essex male that has met the woman of his dreams...she just lives a fair distance away.

                        Stacey West played by Joanna Page a 26 year old Welsh lass that has fallen for her dream guy.

                        Smithy played by James Corden, Gavin's best friend since primary school, he spends more time at Gavin's House than his own and has an 18 year old girlfriend Lucy that we never get to see.

                        Nessa played by Ruth Jones, Stacey's best friend and a popular lady with the men a complete opposite to Stacey, a larger than life character who is laden with tattoos and cigarettes.

                        Pam Shipman played by Alison Steadman she is Gavin's proud mother in her early fifties whose only duties involve mainting her home.

                        Mick Shipman played by Larry Lamb he is the down to earth character that lets everything go straight over his head and can normally be found on a golf course.

                        Gwen West iplayed by Melanie Walters is Stacey's mother in her late forties she is widowed.

                        Bryn West played by Rob Brydon is Stacey's Uncle, single unemployed and in his late forties and has resumed his brother's place ensuring that Gwen and Stacey are well looked after.


                        *~*Series 1*~*

                        Gavin is a 26 year old male that still lives with Mum and Dad in Essex and Stacey is 26 year old female who lives in the town of Barry in Wales with her widowed mum.

                        After talking to each other on the phone through work for the past 18 months they both decide to meet in Leicester Square, London.
                        Stacey's best friend Nessa comes with her for moral support and ends up having a drunken rendezvous with Gavin's best friend Smithy.
                        Things go well and they decide to try a long distance relationship but after a huge misunderstanding on the phone, Stacey thinks Gavin has finished with her, this then results in him driving to Wales to explain and ask her to come home with him.

                        Stacey is a little anxious about this but decides to go with him and she ends with the biggest surprise of all that they should get married, which doesn't go down well with Stacey's Uncle Bryn who since her father died feels he has to take his brother's place and look after Stacey.

                        Finally Stacey's Uncle Bryn comes around and agrees to drive Stacey's mum and Nessa to Essex to meet Gavin's parents "The Shipmans".

                        Pam is Gavin's mother who is a typical Essex wife who has laid on a delightful spread and everybody gets on well and the party is a huge success until that is, Gavin and Stacey drop the bombshell that the wedding is to be in Wales and arguements start giving Nessa and Smithy who have a love/hate relationship the opportunity to escape and rekindle a little romance.

                        After Gavin makes his parents see that this is what he and his fiancee want they drive to Wales for a wedding fayre and the banns are read at the church and Nessa confides in Stacey her big secret leaving a big questonmark as to what happens next.

                        Stacey is so glad to see her brother return home, although he presumes that he is to walk Stacey down the aisle and is disappointed to learn that in fact it will be her Uncle Bryn.Gavin has two stag nights ss Stacey's Uncle Bryn gets the impression that no-one could be bothered to sort one out for him and they end up down the pub wearing stag antlers and Gavin drags Smithy down to join him amd Uncle Bryn reveals something about Stacey that could jeopardise the whole wedding.

                        When the wedding day arrives, will it all go through and will Nessa do what she knows she must?

                        *~*Why do I like this programme?*~*

                        I like this show as it is real and really features how couples meet nowadays across the internet and how long distance relationships are becoming increasingly popular.
                        For me, I actually met my partner via the internet through a friend and had I not I would never have met him otherwise and could still very well be looking for my perfect match rather than planning my forthcoming nuptials.

                        Gavin and Stacey shows how when love is involved you need to take all the risks to make it work and this is visible when Gavin drives the long distance to see Stacey after they have a misunderstanding and they are both left distraught and he just has to get to see her to sort it out.
                        The show illustrates what it is like for the man to be in love and want to spend every minute with the woman of his dreams, risking everything in the process and this is what works for the audience as it truly melts your heart at the same time as having you creased up with laughter!

                        A truly wonderful cast with plenty of witty lines.

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