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Gavin and Stacey tops TV ratings

10 years have passed since the Gavin, Stacey, Ness and Smithy all sat laughing on the beach in Barry. We all switched on last night to see what happened to our favourite couples. It was the BBC’s highest rating Christmas show for a decade, with 11.6 million viewers all watching it together. How’s that for a well lush Christmas special.

Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special – Review

Watching the show was like going down the pub and seeing all of your old friends who you hadn’t seen in ages. Great catching up and as if nothing has changed.

Pam, Gwen, Bryn and Mick haven’t changed in all of those years. The plotline brought the neighbours together for some silliness before Christmas again. What was missing this time was real fighting between couples/families at Christmas. The only inter-family tensions this time was over towels, but even this was done in an understated way.

The comedy and affection we have with the show have always been in the ordinary. The inane chatter about sandwiches and stress about cooking Christmas dinner for so many people. The fusion of two families and friends through one couple, Gavin and Stacey.

Gavin and Stacey

Gavin & Stacey

A nod to couples everywhere. The love life of Gavin and Stacey had gone off the boil due to everyday life. After a quick chinwag on the Barry front, we are run through all of the romantic times they shared with each other, and us before they make up, happy and loved up as ever. I was expecting some drama but the loved up couple, are as loved up as ever. Just learning how to navigate married life with the kids.

Ness & Smithy

Smithy was always going to make an amazing dad. The co-parenting with Nessa is working. Their arrangement to be with each other reached a timely end with the introduction of a new girlfriend. Smithy is besotted with his new girlfriend, but when she comes to stay, he slips into what I thought can only be described as his Late, Late, Show hosting voice. The new girlfriend seems lovely enough but is out to change our Smithy rather than accept him for who he really is. Which brings the situation to…

Gavin and Stacey

Can we forgive Ruth and James for THOSE cliff-hangers?

OMG. I honestly thought that we were going to find out what happened on THE FISHING TRIP. ARGH…….to be continued…

The finale

That, however, paled in comparison to the Gavin and Stacey finale. Nessa despite breaking hearts all over Barry Island, only has eyes for Smithy, her baby daddy of their ‘Baby Neil’. How could they leave us on that cliff-hanger not knowing what Smithy will do?! Argh (again).!

Broke Girl in the City comments:

Gavin and Stacey, written by James Corden (Smithy) and Ruth Jones (Nessa) first aired back in 2007. Both watched it together, saying that it had been “a labour of love from start to finish”.

The Christmas special was like going down the pub and catching up with old mates. What made it special was that the dialogue wasn’t marred by politicals or events outside their family and friendships. It was a snapshot in time over Christmas dinner.

Unfortunately, the choice of song has marred the Christmas Special on Twittersphere. Fairytale of New York is an iconic Christmas song, but due to sensitivities around the lyrics, I wonder if it would have been better to choose another song.

We hope that Ruth and James have not left us hanging and they do find time to write a Season 4!