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Gavin and Stacey is a British sitcom based around a relationship between the titular characters of Gavin and Stacey; comedy and tension arise from the clash of cultures that occurs because Gavin is from the English town of Billericay and Stacey from the Welsh seaside town of Barry. Although titled for the main characters the 20 episode run over three seasons of the show was famous for its ensemble cast that included famous British comic actors Rob Brydon and Alison Steadman.

The show was written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, who also appear as supporting characters Smithy and Nessa; the main characters of Gavin and Stacey were played by Matthew Horne and Joanna Page. Corden and Jones claimed they wrote the show as they could not find any good comic characters to play so decided to create their own. Initially produced by Baby Cow production for the cable channel BBC Three in the U.K. the show later switched to network television channels BBC Two and later BBC One as its popularity grew.

Gavin and Stacey begins with the main characters of Gavin and Stacey organizing to meet in person for the first time after talking over the phone for business reasons. The series follows their relationship as it progresses from first meeting through to marriage and the couple's attempts to conceive; during the course of the show both Gavin and Stacey travel to their partners area of Britain and are shocked by the differences in culture they encounter. During their travels to different parts of the world they are often accompanied by their parents, family members and friends. Gavin's best friend Smithy begins a relationship with Stacey's best friend Nessa after both accompany their friend to the first meeting. Running parallel to the relationship of Gavin and Stacey the characters of Smithy and Nessa have a much more difficult relationship both refuse to recognize.

Towards the end of the third season Gavin and Stacey resolve their issues with each other and their problems deciding where to live; because of this the relationship between Smithy and Nessa becomes the main focus of the final episodes of the season. Smithy must come to terms with Nessa's relationship with Dave Coaches whom she plans to marry and his own role in the new family with regards to the son, Neil the pair share. Gavin and Stacey were given a prominent role in the 2009 Christmas schedule of the BBC when the final episodes of season three were broadcast.

BBC America
3 Seasons, 20 Episodes
August 26, 2008
Comedy
8.0/10
Cast: Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, Alison Steadman, Ruth Jones
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Gavin and Stacey Full Episode Guide

  • Nessa and Dave's wedding is fast approaching and the preparations are in full swing. Stacey breaks some life-changing news to Gavin, whilst Bryn and Jason finally put their big secret to bed. Smithy takes care of Neil the baby and wishes Nessa all the best, as she makes her way to the church to marry Dave.

  • It's Bank Holiday Monday, and the Essex contingent arrives for a sunny day out at the beach - even Doris is wearing her sundress! Gavin's heart-to-heart with his dad gives him something more to think about, and a dark cloud looms on the horizon when Dave arrives to find Nessa and Smithy enjoying all the fun of the fair.

  • Gavin is uncomfortable with Gwen and Bryn knowing the ins and outs of his and Stacey's sex life, and Smithy goes beyond the call of friendship by making a staggering suggestion. Meanwhile, Pete and Dawn prepare to renew their wedding vows and everyone heads to Billericay to help them celebrate. But how will Dave react to the bombshell revelation about the curry night in Essex?

  • Pam and Mick are having second thoughts about the conservatory, whilst Bryn is in his element as he awaits the arrival of his house-guests - all the Essex boys down for a big night out in Cardiff - and having a sleep-over at his place! Smithy gets in a state about seeing Nessa after their most recent embarrassing meeting, and Stacey makes a worrying discovery. But is telling Gavin the right thing to do?

  • Gavin starts his new job in Cardiff and Stacey is thrilled to be at home again. Smithy comes to terms with life in Essex without his best mate, whilst Nessa is adjusting to life in Dave's caravan down Sully. The weekend brings with it a big reunion, as everyone meets up for the christening of baby Neil. But how will Smithy react to news from Nessa that it is a double celebration? And what will Gavin's answer be to Stacey's request?

  • It's Christmas time and the Welsh contingent have been invited to celebrate the festive season with the Shipmans. So with the help of Dave and his coach; the Wests head East. Dawn and Pete have come round for Christmas Eve drinks, and Pete's brought his aged mum. Mick has an enormous turkey soaking in a bucket, Bryn has his mistletoe set to standby and Pam has a cracker of a present under the tree for Mick. But will the season still be jolly when Smithy sees how attached Dave is to baby Neil? Or when Bryn elaborates further on the fishing trip? But most importantly...will there still be tidings of comfort and joy when Gavin delivers a truly unexpected surprise to everyone in the room?

  • Stacey travels to Essex and back into the arms of Gavin. Everything seems perfect until Pam and Mick offer to cover the down payment on a house for Gavin and Stacey. Stacey tells Gavin that it can't work between them because they both need to live in their own towns. If they were truly meant to be together, this wouldn't matter, they would even think about it...but that clearly isn't the case. She gives him her wedding ring back...

  • Gavin seeks counselling for his marriage troubles from Smithy, but Smithy's idea of relationship therapy is to organise a surprise lads night out at a nightclub foam party. While the lads are knee deep in foam, Stacey is with her family at a bingo night.

  • Stacey is miserable and homesick because she still hasn't got a job, or her own home. She feels she's getting under everyone's feet, especially when Pam interrupts her during her shower. Gavin tries to console her but she says he just doesn't understand. Pam admits to Dawn that having the newlyweds staying in her house is getting a bit much. (Dawn and Pete are still looking for a threesome.) Gavin and Stacey go to view a potential flat and are shown round a tiny, dirty studio by over-enthusiastic estate agent Duncan.

  • Devastated by the news he's to become a father, Smithy goes AWOL. The boys finally track him down, but can he be persuaded to do the right thing? Stacey is shocked to hear of Gwen's new domestic arrangements as the prospect of living in Essex finally hits her.

  • Stacey and Gavin return from honeymoon to a big welcome from both families. But Smithy seems none too happy with his best mate and Nessa has a confession to make that throws the whole evening into disarray.

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