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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2014 Christmas Special - Christmas In Pontyberry

Enjoy a festive fix of Ruth Jones's hit comedy drama. When Michael has to head home for the holidays, Stella throws herself into work on the hospital's children's ward.

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Stella. Image shows from L to R: Celia (Emma Rydal), Daddy (Howell Evans), Aunty Brenda (Di Botcher), Bobby (Aled Pugh), Emma (Catrin Stewart), Nadine (Karen Paullada), Dai Davies (Anthony O'Donnell), Stella (Ruth Jones), Sunil (Rory Girvan), Alan (Steve Speirs), Scott Quinnell, Karl (Julian Lewis Jones), Zoe (Bethan Witcomb), Ben (Justin Davies), Yanto (Russell Gomer), Rhian (Maxine Evans). Copyright: Tidy Productions

Looking forward to spending her first Christmas with Michael and meeting his folks, Stella sets to work cleaning and sprucing up the house. Excitement turns to disappointment, however, when Michael has to head back to Birmingham to deal with a family emergency. At least the hospital will keep her busy.

Assigned to the children's ward, Stel strikes up a bond with Billy, an 11-year-old patient with terminal cancer - he isn't that interested in getting to know the mum of three but she soon wins him over.

Pontyberry does panto, too, when a dictatorial Aunty Brenda puts her unique spin on the classic tale of Cinderella.


This episode was dedicated to the memory of Howell Evans, 1928 - 2014. "The daddy of them all".

Broadcast details

Monday 22nd December 2014
Sky One
90 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 28th December 2014 12:05am Sky1
Monday 21st September 2015 3:00am Sky1
Friday 25th December 2015 9:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 21st December 2016 1:30am Sky2
Thursday 20th December 2018 10:00pm Sky2
Friday 20th December 2019 9:00pm Sky2
Friday 27th December 2019 11:00pm Sky2

Cast & crew

Ruth Jones Stella
Piers Ahia Billy
Patrick Baladi Michael Jackson
Craig Gallivan Luke
Catrin Stewart Emma
Justin Davies Ben
Di Botcher Aunty Brenda
Bethan Witcomb Zoe
Steve Speirs Alan
Daniel Gammond Little Alan
Karen Paullada Nadine
Julian Lewis Jones Karl
Aled Pugh Bobby
Anthony O'Donnell Dai Davies
Emma Rydal Celia
Russell Gomer Yanto
Clare Hingott Cheryl
Maxine Evans Rhian
Dafydd Hywel Glen Brennig
Howell Evans Daddy
Deddie Davies Marj
Eiry Hughes Verv
Rory Girvan Sunil
Guest cast
Wayne Cater George The Butcher
Wayne Forester Barry
Ian Hughes Rhys
Grace Fan Mrs Wong
Ian Lavender Keith Jackson
Eleanor Bron Anna Jackson
Huw Rhys Adam
Paul Chan Mr Cheung Li
Eirlys Bellin Reporter
Summer James Danielle
Scott Quinnell Self
Writing team
Ruth Jones Writer
Claire Miller Script Editor
Emma Stuart Script Development
David Peet Writer
Production team
Tony Dow Director
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
David Peet Executive Producer
Jon Williams Producer
Chris Blunden (as Christopher Blunden) Editor
Amelia Shankland Production Designer
Mark Thomas Composer
John Rea Composer
Ruth Jones Composer


2014 Christmas Special Trailer

Join Stella and the locals for a Pontyberry Christmas.

Featuring: Ruth Jones (Stella), Steve Speirs (Alan), Patrick Baladi (Michael Jackson), Eiry Hughes (Verv), Di Botcher (Aunty Brenda), Anthony O'Donnell (Dai Davies), Julian Lewis Jones (Karl) & Karen Paullada (Nadine).

Ruth Jones interview

Ruth Jones explains what is coming up in the feature length 2014 Christmas special of Stella.

Featuring: Ruth Jones (Stella).

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