Stella. Stella (Ruth Jones). Copyright: Tidy Productions


  • TV comedy drama
  • Sky One
  • 2012 - 2017
  • 58 episodes (6 series)

Comedy drama written by and starring Ruth Jones as Stella, a single mother struggling in the Welsh valleys. Stars Ruth Jones, Joanna Riding, Piers Ahia, Patrick Baladi, Craig Gallivan and more.

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Series 1, Episode 3

When local legend 'Dick the Kick' passes away, Stella helps Paula throw the funeral of the century. But when disaster looms, Sean saves the day: again.

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Further details

Two months have passed since we were last in Pontyberry, and life is relatively drama free. Stella is looking forward to Luke's homecoming and busy trying to scrape all her pennies together to buy bunk beds for her boys, while Emma and Sunil's wedding plans are coming together.

Jagadeesh is excited about the Grease-the-Musical-themed stag weekend he's organising, but Emma is all too aware that her mum is strapped for cash and quietly makes sacrifices to her big day.

Wedding plans are put to the back of everyone's minds, however, when news of the death of a local legend breaks. The whole community is devastated when 'Dick the Kick' - who secured victory for Wales against the All Blacks in 1969 with a winning kick from a 90-degree angle - passes away. This is a man who deserves to be sent off in style and, soon after lamenting her lack of business, Paula is tasked with arranging the funeral to end all funerals. It's all hands on deck as Stella is drafted in to help organise the event, and no expense is spared, especially by Bobby, who hires a team of good-looking extras as pallbearers.

The whole town turns out for the funeral, which attracts the attention of the national press, and a number of famous faces. But some unexpected news leaves Paula reeling and facing potential ruin... until Sean saves the day - yet again.


A technical fault caused this episode to be broadcast for 40 minutes without sound before being replaced by a Simpsons repeat, in its usual Friday evening slot.

Broadcast details

Saturday 21st January 2012
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 26th January 2012 10:00pm Sky1
Friday 20th July 2012 9:00pm Sky1
Saturday 21st July 2012 11:45pm Sky1
Thursday 14th February 2013 9:00pm Pick TV
Sunday 7th July 2013 9:30pm Sky1
Wednesday 10th July 2013 10:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 15th January 2020 9:00pm Sky2

Cast & crew

Ruth Jones Stella
Craig Gallivan Luke
Catrin Stewart Emma
Justin Davies Ben
Steve Speirs Alan
Daniel Gammond Little Alan
Karen Paullada Nadine
Julian Lewis Jones Karl
Aled Pugh Bobby
Elizabeth Berrington Paula
Pal Aron Jagadeesh
Anthony O'Donnell Dai Davies
Howell Evans Daddy
Deddie Davies Marj
Sudha Bhuchar Tanisha
Owen Teale Dai
Rory Girvan Sunil
Taj Atwal Jasminder
Kenny Doughty Sean
Beth Robert Mrs Barclay
Maggie Steed Meg
Michael Elwyn Ken
Guest cast
Eamonn Holmes Self
Neil Kinnock (as Lord Neil Kinnock) Self
Colin Charvis Self
Warren Gatland Self
Colin Jackson Self
Gethin Jones Self
Mike Phillips Self
Graham Price Self
Gareth Thomas Self
Shane Williams Self
Writing team
Robert Evans (as Rob Evans) Writer
Ruth Jones Writer (Additional Material)
Rob Gittins Script Development
Production team
Tony Dow Director
David Peet Series Producer
Jane Dauncey Producer
Ruth Jones Executive Producer
Barry Lynch Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Sara Jones Editor
Amelia Shankland Production Designer
Mark Thomas Composer


Stella: Episode 3 clip

The legend that is Dick The Kick has passed away, and the Pontyberry community is devastated.

Featuring: Elizabeth Berrington (Paula), Ruth Jones (Stella) & Lord Neil Kinnock.

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