Jones's cosy, retro talk show works well at Christmas. Not all seasonal programmes are festive, and not all chat shows are actually chatty, but this is both.
Bounding onto the colourful set are comedian Micky Flanagan and Lulu, no doubt full of gossip from her neck-cricking stint dancing with Brendan Cole[ on Strictly. But the best banter is sure to come from James Corden, Jones's friend and Gavin & Stacey collaborator. Since the end of their sitcom, he's had a baby and a big stage hit with One Man, Two Guvnors; she's created Stella, a G&S-ish comedy drama coming to Sky1 in the New Year. Plenty to talk about, then, and they're always good value together.
The music's not bad, either: following the release of their singles collection National Treasures, Manic Street Preachers are in the studio.Jack Seale, Radio Times, 21st December 2011
Ruth Jones proved herself a far less capable interviewer than actress when her lacklustre chat show debuted at the end of last year. Perhaps inviting gobby Gavin & Stacey collaborator James Corden onto the couch will spice up this seasonal special. Feisty singer Lulu, comedian Mickey Flanagan and Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers will feature.Toby Dantzic, The Telegraph, 20th December 2011
Ruth Jones dips her toe into chat, something she's done before at Christmas and Easter. Let's hope it doesn't become more than a seasonal sideline: this show is 40 minutes of pleasing fluff, but I'd swap it for four minutes of her writing or acting.
First onto the cheery, retro sofa is Sarah Millican, who's a trusted guest because she's inoffensive without being bland. She gets away with discussing her attraction to gorillas while still seeming cuddly and safe. Animal-based innuendo becomes a theme thanks to Jonathan Ross, who's less cuddly but as always has a lot of wit behind the smut. Episodes star Stephen Mangan arrives last, offering a random but funny anecdote about an Israeli immigration official.
It all feels like an unfinished pilot, or a dream about a 1970s chat show with modern guests.Jack Seale, Radio Times, 29th August 2011
The third of Ruth Jones's seasonal chatshows offers up the unusual opportunity of seeing Jonathan Ross in the role of interviewee. Anyone hoping for a grilling on Sachsgate and extravagant pay packets is likely to be disappointed by Jones's puffball questions but Ross is an engaging guest and the patter between him, Green Wing's Stephen Mangan and stand-up Sarah Millican makes for pleasant, undemanding viewing.Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian, 28th August 2011
Haste ye Back!" - you'll see that written a lot at Edinburgh airport.Ruth Jones, BBC Comedy, 26th August 2011
Following on from the success of her Christmas Cracker and Easter Treat, the ebullient actress Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey) returns for another one-off chat show. It promises to be a jovial affair, with Jonathan Ross, Geordie comic Sarah Millican and the actor Stephen Mangan all joining her on the sofa, as well as music from an irrepressible Irish rockabilly star called Imelda May.Pete Naughton, The Telegraph, 26th August 2011
Actress, writer and now, presenter: Ruth Jone, co-creator of Gavin & Stacey, hosts a light mix of chat, music and larks. It's going nationwide this Christmas after debuting in Wales last year. Music comes from indie-rock milquetoasts the Script, while places on the sofa are reserved for Ricky Gervais, Will Young and Miranda Hart.Jack Seale, Radio Times, 20th December 2010
There's no Gavin & Stacey this Christmas, but as a consolation we are offered up this new mix of chat, music and sketch comedy from the sitcom's co-creator Ruth Jones, aka Nessa. Her guests will include Ricky Gervais (without whom, it seems, no chat show is complete), Miranda Hart (of BBC Two's Miranda) and pop crooner Will Young.Sam Richards, The Telegraph, 18th December 2010