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Corden and Jones wrote a Christmas Day 2019 special for BBC One. With 18.49million viewers, the broadcast in the United Kingdom was the most-viewed non-sporting event in a decade and the most-watched comedy in 17 years. [3] [4] [5] Synopsis [ edit ] The characters of Gavin and Stacey provide the emotional core of the story, focusing on the situations that arise when their relationship brings their two different families together. As a result, episodes often focus on the key events in life that bring wider families and close friends together such as weddings, christenings, birthday parties and Christmases. However, the show also presents the families interacting in deliberately non-dramatic situations, such as a visit to the beach and nights out. In these scenes, the subtle dialogue between the characters often contains underlying jokes or comedic value. Baby Cow Productions produced the sitcom for BBC Wales. Three series totalling twenty episodes were broadcast from 13May 2007 to 1January 2010 on BBC Three and later on BBC One. Broadcast on Christmas Day 2009 and New Year's Day 2010, episodes of the final series formed a significant part of the prime-time BBC seasonal programming. In March 2008, it was reported the American network NBC had bought the rights to produce an American remake from Baby Cow Productions. Initial ideas according to Corden were to have Gavin coming from New Jersey and Stacey from South Carolina, meeting up in New York City. [11] In December 2008 however, Jones stated "There was a script written for NBC. They optioned it, but then that went away. I read the script and it wasn't great to be honest with you. But now ABC are looking into writing a pilot and hopefully that will work out". [28] At the time, both Corden and Jones were reportedly acting as executive producers of the ABC version, while interviewing other people for the job of writing the adaptation. [29] ABC pilot (2009–10) [ edit ]

Gavin & Stacey was directed by Christine Gernon who had previously directed other BBC sitcoms such as One Foot in the Grave. Acclaimed as both a hit and a breakthrough show for the BBC, it was the most nominated show in the 2007 British Comedy Awards. It won several awards, including the British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) Audience Award, and the British Comedy Awards Best TV Comedy Award, both in 2008. In 2019, Gavin & Stacey was named the 17th-greatest British sitcom in a poll by Radio Times. [2] Nessa’s winning advice] “Don’t get me wrong, but to be honest, at the end of the day, when all’s said and done… do you know what I mean?” Bryn: “Oh… Ah… Now that is a thought. Yes. Yes. Stacey, please inform the Shipmans that I accept their offer and very much look forward to meeting them.” (Photo: BBC) Jesus (Daniel Curtis) – a friend of Gavin and Smithy, who Smithy insults on Gavin's stag night, claiming he had to get his T-shirt made at the last minute.Gavin & Stacey Christmas special trailer released". RTE. 1 December 2019 . Retrieved 6 December 2019. Deborah Orr (22 April 2008). "Gavin & Stacey: The misfits". The Independent. London . Retrieved 16 January 2010. Doris O'Neill ( Margaret John) – Gwen's next-door-neighbour and close friend. The 2019 Christmas special refers to Doris: she died aged 84 and left her house to Gavin and Stacey. Nessa is contesting the legacy through the courts. Bryn: “It is, Gavin, it is, provided you remember the one golden rule, and I’ll tell you what, it took me a while to get my head round it. What it is, you have to start everything with ‘w-w-w-dot’. And the best thing to do is to think of something to help remind you, like with me now, I think of ‘whiskey with water’ which was my brother – God rest his soul – my brother’s favourite drink. But it could be anything. I mean, you could say… come on, three w’s. Um… ‘women… wearing wings’. No, don’t say that, that’s a terrible one.”

Awards, National Television. "Winners | National Television Awards". www.nationaltvawards.com . Retrieved 3 May 2020. Characters from the show have appeared outside the series' episodes in aid of various charitable causes. Ruth "Rudi" Smith ( Sheridan Smith) – Smithy's immature, but loving, younger sister who also likes to be called "Smithy'". She works at a fast food restaurant in Billericay. The idea for the show occurred to actor James Corden during a wedding reception, and he then developed the idea with co-writer Ruth Jones, whom he had met during the filming of ITV drama Fat Friends. Corden claims to have been inspired by the story of his own real life best friend Gavin, who met his wife over the phone at work, and arranged to meet. They presented it to the BBC as a one-off play entitled It's My Day, but the BBC instead asked for a full series. [11] a b "Gavin and Stacey 'could return' ". BBC Newsbeat. 2 September 2008 . Retrieved 16 January 2010.Howard, Bronte (28 January 2020). "Gavin and Stacey win big at National Television Awards 2020". WalesOnline. Media Wales. Archived from the original on 12 July 2020 . Retrieved 7 August 2022. Pam’s dietary requirements] “This morning, before you arrived, I became a vegetarian. Yeah, veggie, Out of interest, any one of you vegetarians? I mean, not that it makes any difference to me either way. I mean, we’re all adults. But, I would ask you to respect my views. And all the little animals who’ve been needlessly murdered in the name of Western Civilised greed.” (Photo: BBC)

Neil "the Baby" Noel Edmond Smith (Scarlett Humphreys; [8] 2008, Lewis Marchant; 2008, Rocco Romanello; 2009, Ewan Kennedy; 2009, Oscar Hartland; 2009, 2019) – Smithy and Nessa's son. He is named after Nessa's father and Smithy (who are both called Neil), Nessa's friend from Hear'Say ( Noel Sullivan), and Smithy's grandfather Edmond. In the episode of the christening, Gavin humorously says that Neil is named after Noel Edmonds, which Smithy gets annoyed over.Schneider, Michael (13 September 2009). "ABC sets up trio of laffers". Variety. Archived from the original on 16 September 2009 . Retrieved 16 January 2010. Vanessa Shanessa "Nessa" Jenkins ( Ruth Jones) – Stacey's oldest and closest friend, lives in Barry. Nessa has several celebrity connections, such as MP John Prescott, and later begins a relationship with Dave "Coaches" Lloyd Gooch. Holmwood, Leigh (15 September 2009). "Gavin and Stacey set for US remake". The Guardian. London . Retrieved 3 May 2010. After the debut of the show on BBC Three, a second series was soon commissioned. Speaking about the second series, Corden said "It's the show that we wanted to make. If people like it, they like it: if they don't, they don't. That's a nice feeling, that's quite freeing... There's more of a journey and more of a story. We hope the viewers will feel like they've been taken on a little trip by it", while Jones said "Series one had a very specific storyline to it, boy meets girl and it ends in a wedding. We don't have the same type of storyline in the second series. It's now girl lives with boy's parents in Essex and the joys that might entail." [14] There was initial uncertainty over whether a third series would be produced. In an April 2008 interview, Jones said "We never intended to write a second series let alone a third. We don't want it to become predictable. We will see how the Christmas special goes and take it from there." Corden added: "We will write one if we can make it better. We have to be true to ourselves." [15] Corden and Jones completed the final draft of the Christmas Special by September 2008, although they ruled out writing the third series at the time due to pressures of other work, and repeating the wish not to produce a sub-standard script. [9] After the 2008 Christmas special premiere, BBC Three aired a making-of documentary about the special, titled 12Days of Christmas. [16]

At the end, Nessa confesses to Smithy that she is in love with him, getting down on one knee to propose, concluding the special on a cliffhanger.


Corden appeared as Smithy again on Michael McIntyre's Christmas Roadshow on BBC One on 25December 2011. The sketch showed Smithy in a dating-show style spoof with Miranda Hart as her TV alter ego.

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