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 4

Stella's over the moon to have her eldest son, Luke, home. But it isn't long before he's mixing with the wrong people, leading to tensions with Sean.

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Further details

Life is pretty good for Stella at the moment, Luke's home and her family's back together. Taking the top bunk on their new beds, Ben really makes his big brother feel welcome: "I can bang on a radiator pipe with a mug if that's what you're used to," he offers. But Stella can't help but worry about her eldest son fitting back into the community and finding a job.

When Luke's job hunting goes from bad to worse, he bumps into Keckers, an old classmate turned local drug dealer, who offers him an opportunity to make some money. And it seems the offer is too good to resist, despite Luke having been only just released from prison.

Meanwhile, Alan arranges a trip to a celebrity fun day where he, Stella, Sean and the kids lord it up in the VIP area. But when Sean confronts Luke about his involvement with Keckers, the two end up fighting and the day descends into chaos.

Plus, much to the despair of Sunil, Emma receives a lesson in home-making from Jasminder; Dai and Paula play their most outlandish sex game yet; and Stella and Sean's relationship steps up a notch when she agrees to go on a date with him.

Broadcast details

Friday 27th January 2012
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 2nd February 2012 10:00pm Sky1
Friday 27th July 2012 9:00pm Sky1
Saturday 28th July 2012 11:50pm Sky1
Sunday 14th July 2013 9:30pm Sky1
Wednesday 17th July 2013 11:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 15th January 2020 10:00pm 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
Maxine Evans Rhian
Dafydd Hywel Glen Brennig
Howell Evans Daddy
Deddie Davies Marj
Sudha Bhuchar Tanisha
Owen Teale Dai
Rory Girvan Sunil
Taj Atwal Jasminder
Kenny Doughty Sean
Mark Lewis Jones Rob Morgan
Andy Linden Big Rae
Maggie Steed Meg
Michael Elwyn Ken
Guest cast
Josh Cook Keckers
Siriol Jenkins Vanda The Barmaid
Donna Edwards Mo The Bap
Iestyn Jones Malcolm The Bap
Keith Chegwin Self
Debbie McGee Self
Andrew Stone Self
Writing team
Ruth Jones Writer
Robert Evans (as Rob Evans) Writer
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 4 clip

Nadine's started a mobile dog grooming business and needs a dog to practice on, so she asks Stella to lend her Banjo - after all, he is half Karl's. But as Stella says, which half?

Featuring: Ruth Jones (Stella), Julian Lewis Jones (Karl) & Karen Paullada (Nadine).

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