Tuesday, December 15, 2009

BBC's Gavin and Stacey Returns

If you didn't catch the first and second seasons Gavin and Stacey, you should consider the third. Gavin and Stacey is a fun little BBC series -- in addition to deciphering of the cool Welsh accent, it's a comedy focusing on the lives of a couple who met cute in the first season have dealt with the chaos of their best friends and family through thick and thin.

Ultimately, the series is best in its supporting players as leads Joanna Page and Mathew Horn simply can't compete with the likes of Alison Stedman as Gavin's mother, Rob Bryn as Stacey's uncle, James Corden as Gavin's bestie Smithy, and particularly Corden's real-life writing partner, Ruth Jones as Stacey's best friend Nessa. Jones is a wonderful actress whose turns in the big Emmy winner, Little Dorrit, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and Saxondale, as well as Little Britain (she's Myfanwy), demonstrate her versatility.

The U.S premieres of the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special and the series' third season will air on BBC America. The Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special premieres Thursday, December 24, 2009 10 p.m. ET/PT and season three premieres in the second quarter of 2010.

Last season ended with Gavin and Stacey reuniting after a difficult separation and happily celebrating the birth of Smithy and Nessa’s baby. Now it's Christmas Eve and Stacey’s family decide to join Gavin’s for one of his dad’s famous turkey dinners. Chaos erupts - obviously. Smithy, excited about his first Christmas with his son, doesn’t count on Nessa’s boyfriend Dave Coaches (Steffan Rhodri) tagging along and hilarity ensues throughout the day as Smithy’s jealousy builds. The neighbors Pete (Adrian Scarborough) and Dawn (Julia Davies) get embroiled in a family argument and it ends with Pete punching Dave Coaches. Meanwhile Stacey's older brother, Jason (Robert Wilfort) and Uncle Bryn (Rob Brydon), have a heart-to-heart about “that” mysterious fishing trip from season one while Gavin and Stacey’s reveal their plan to move to Barry Island which doesn’t quite turn out to be the Christmas present their families were expecting.


As Gavin starts his new job, the move to Barry Island means big changes for the whole family. Gavin’s parents, Pam and Mick have to adjust to an empty nest while Stacey’s mom, Gwen's got a full house again. Stacey’s in her element, but will this finally be the solution to the couple's long-distance problem? And how will Gavin take to living in Wales?