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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2016 Christmas Special - Christmas Special

Stella. Image shows from L to R: Horst (Adrian Scarborough), Valerie (Josie Lawrence), Luke (Craig Gallivan), Stella (Ruth Jones), Jagadeesh (Pal Aron), Michael Jackson (Patrick Baladi), Rhian (Maxine Evans), Cheryl (Clare Hingott), Ben (Justin Davies), Yanto (Russell Gomer), Nana Pat (Gillian Elisa), Glen Brennig (Dafydd Hywel). Copyright: Tidy Productions
Enjoy a festive fix of the heartwarming comedy-drama starring Ruth Jones. But is it going to be a merry Christmas in Pontyberry for Stella and the gang?


This episode is dedicated to the memory of Deddie Davies, 1938 - 2016, "our dearest Marj".

Broadcast details

Friday 23rd December 2016
Sky One
90 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 24th December 2016 12:00am Sky2
Sunday 25th December 2016 10:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 28th December 2016 12:00am Sky2
Sunday 17th December 2017 9:00pm Sky1
Sunday 24th December 2017 1:30am Sky2
Thursday 20th December 2018 11:30pm Sky2

Cast & crew

Ruth Jones Stella
Patrick Baladi Michael Jackson
Craig Gallivan Luke
Justin Davies Ben
Di Botcher Aunty Brenda
Bethan Witcomb Zoe
Daniel Gammond Little Alan
Karen Paullada Nadine
Julian Lewis Jones Karl
Aled Pugh Bobby
Pal Aron Jagadeesh
Remy Beasley Beyonce
Russell Gomer Yanto
Clare Hingott Cheryl
Maxine Evans Rhian
Dafydd Hywel Glen Brennig
Guest cast
Josh Cook Keckers
Anita Reynolds Doctor
Gillian Elisa Nana Pat
Scarlett Pickering Britney (Sister in Park)
Josie Lawrence Valerie
Adrian Scarborough Horst
Scott Quinnell Self
Mark Lewis Jones Rob Morgan (Voice)
Frank Williams Stan (Voice)
Mike Doyle Terry Lewis AKA Sting (Voice)
Damien O'Kane Self
Kate Rusby Self
Writing team
Ben Edwards Writer
Simon Ludders Writer
Beth Grant Script Editor
David Peet Story
Ruth Jones Story
Production team
Tony Dow Director
Ruth Jones Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
David Peet Executive Producer
Tilusha Ghelani Executive Producer
Tony Dow Producer
Mike Hopkins Editor
Paul Cowell Production Designer
Ian Adrian Director of Photography
Mark Thomas Composer
Anne Barfield Costume Designer
Alison Webb Make-up Designer
Rhidian Evans 1st Assistant Director
Emma Stuart Script Producer


Compounding the fact that the comedy-drama isn't going anywhere (creator and star Ruth Jones told of "how cross" she was earlier this year over rumours it was facing the axe after five series), here's a festive special. As the season of goodwill approaches, it's a time for families coming together, with some new faces in Pontyberry (including folk singer Kate Rusby making a cameo), as well as a few familiar ones returning.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 23rd December 2016

What to expect from the Stella Christmas special

It's jolly but never twee - potty-mouthed Rhian and returning guest Scott Quinnell have put paid to any of that (the latter has Christmas-comedy line of the year).

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 7th December 2016

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