Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special 2019

Gavin & Stacey. Image shows from L to R: Bryn (Rob Brydon), Gwen (Melanie Walters), Nessa (Ruth Jones), Stacey (Joanna Page), Gavin (Mathew Horne), Smithy (James Corden), Pam (Alison Steadman), Mick (Larry Lamb). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

Gavin & Stacey

A critic-pleasing, gentle and warm comedy about the romance between an Essex lad and Welsh girl


Rood Eye

  • Tuesday 28th May 2019, 10:28am [Edited]
  • England
  • 4,103 posts

I remember watching the first episode of "Gavin and Stacey" and, within the first few seconds, thinking it was going to be an all-round high-quality affair.

And it was.

It might not be everybody's cup of tea but it's a very nice cup of tea all the same.



  • Tuesday 28th May 2019, 11:18am
  • Basildon, England
  • 603 posts

Agree with you both, I enjoy it. The first 2 series and Christmas special I found fun, and though - in my opinion - the quality kinda dropped for series 3, I still liked it until the end. I too watch the special each Christmas (thanks Gold and BBC).

I had been thinking of re-watching them as it has been ages since I've watched the main series, what better time than now? (Well, could save it for Autumn/December so it's nearer the time).



  • Thursday 20th June 2019, 3:37pm [Edited]
  • Basildon, England
  • 603 posts

Huh. If anyone's planning a re-watch before Christmas and don't have the box set, and just Netflix to watch it on then do it before 14th July as it leaves Netflix then.

That said, I'm guessing the reason it's leaving Netflix is maybe Amazon have snapped it up or BBC will make the box set available via iPlayer.

If not, there's always Gold's rolling repeats.

Netflix is missing Series 3 either way, so wherever it goes it'll probably have it this time.



  • Wednesday 25th December 2019, 10:30pm
  • England
  • 30,079 posts

I had it on in the background. It was cosy and hit all the right notes without being earth shattering.



  • Wednesday 25th December 2019, 10:52pm
  • England
  • 725 posts

A lovely nostalgic treat. I did wonder why on Earth Smithy would regress to be with that awful woman but aside from that, a great episode. Obviously there will be more specials or a series.



  • Thursday 26th December 2019, 12:21am
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 395 posts

Absolute drivel: frankly just confirming that it's one of the most overrated shows of all time IMO!

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  • Thursday 26th December 2019, 7:02am
  • United Kingdom
  • 399 posts

I quite liked it.



  • Thursday 26th December 2019, 9:30am
  • Basildon, England
  • 603 posts

I really enjoyed it. Felt just right, and as Chipolata said, not Earth shattering, and glad they didn't go overboard.

Nice touch of nostalgia - and personal resonance - when Stacey lists off her memories of their early time together but because of her anxiety that they may not make new memories like that. Because that's how a lot of people that age feel. That very modern version of a midlife crisis.

Smithy was still Smithy but - albeit with another one night stand happening - it felt like his and Nessa's relationship had really matured, and in the intervening years actually ended up liking each other. On the flip side there's his clinginess to Sonia who is more than a bit controlling! So he's not quite 100% matured.

All in all it really worked. I hope it does continue at some point, but also hope them making it is left until they have a solid story. Because as much as the show has always tapped into that experience of people's lives, this episode drew from real life more than ever before and they should take their time with it to make it feel right.


Rood Eye

  • Friday 27th December 2019, 12:22am
  • England
  • 4,103 posts

I read the most appalling newspaper review of this special and so it was with some trepidation that I settled down to watch it.

In the event, however, I have to say it was perfectly decent.

It's strange that Ruth Jones lives a relatively quiet and relatively ordinary life in Wales while James Corden is living the full-on multi-millionaire celebrity lifestyle in California.

As we're always saying, it's a funny old world.


Alfred J Kipper

  • Friday 27th December 2019, 7:21am
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,189 posts

Thank God not all soaps are on everyday. I just wish all the others would only appear once every few years.


Paul Wimsett

  • Friday 27th December 2019, 11:14am
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • 3,389 posts
Quote: Rood Eye @ 27th December 2019, 12:22 AM

It's strange that Ruth Jones lives a relatively quiet and relatively ordinary life in Wales while James Corden is living the full-on multi-millionaire celebrity lifestyle in California

There could be a sitcom in this?

Failing that, a Richard Curtis film?



  • Friday 27th December 2019, 1:50pm
  • Wolverhampton, England
  • 3,364 posts

I thought it was great.

It was lovely to catch up with all the characters again, they all slipped straight back into the roles perfectly like they'd never been away.

Whilst it did end on that big cliffhanger, it wouldn't bother me too much if they left it there as I do feel if they were to keep on doing it, it may ruin it.

On the whole though, wonderful Christmas Day viewing.



  • Saturday 28th December 2019, 6:47am
  • Canada
  • 117 posts

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and must confess I believed we were finally going to get the story from the fishing trip.

Now, if only there would be a new Still Game Hogmanay special...