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 5, Episode 1

Stella. Image shows from L to R: Michael Jackson (Patrick Baladi), Aunty Brenda (Di Botcher). Copyright: Tidy Productions
Beyoncé's pregnancy causes tension between Stella and Michael.

Further details

Following a turbulent ride with Michael in the romance department last series, this latest run of Ruth Jones's loveable comedy drama sees Stella decide to forgive and forget his past indiscretions.

She's so tolerant, she even offers to take in the child he fathered during a fling with Beyoncé. But with a commute to London now on the cards for Michael, it'll be far from an easy ride.

Plus, Stel's ex Rob arrives in Pontberry with life-changing news for son Luke and new undertaker-turned-dance teacher Ivan Schloss gets pulses racing, particularly for Nadine. Love is also in the air for Jagadeesh.

Stella and Michael are managing the London-Pontyberry juggling act well, that is until Michael finds our Stella has been helping Beyoncé out behind his back. Beyoncé is due in just eight weeks but an ashamed Michael vows he wants nothing to do with her or his new baby. Can Stella make him change his mind?

Meanwhile, Jag takes over the local pub but soon finds himself understaffed, Ben struggles to get over ex-girlfriend Lily and everyone gets an invite when Nadine christens her newborn daughter.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 12th January 2016
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 13th January 2016 1:00am Sky2
Friday 15th January 2016 10:00pm Sky1
Sunday 17th January 2016 10:00pm Sky2
Wednesday 12th October 2016 9:00pm Sky1

Cast & crew

Ruth Jones Stella
Patrick Baladi Michael Jackson
Craig Gallivan Luke
Justin Davies Ben
Di Botcher Aunty Brenda
Daniel Gammond Little Alan
Karen Paullada Nadine
Julian Lewis Jones Karl
Aled Pugh Bobby
Pal Aron Jagadeesh
Remy Beasley Beyonce
Emma Rydal Celia
Russell Gomer Yanto
Clare Hingott Cheryl
Martha Mackintosh Katie
Maxine Evans Rhian
Dafydd Hywel Glen Brennig
Deddie Davies Marj
Taj Atwal Jasminder
Leona Vaughan Cerys
Tony Gardner Ivan Schloss
Suzanne Packer Carole
Laila Rouass Maria
Guest cast
Eiry Thomas Lisa Howells
Ifan Huw Dafydd Mr Idris Howells
Grace Fan Mrs Wong
David Broughton-Davies Vicar
Catrin Partridge Janet
Laura Mansell Receptionist
Writing team
Ruth Jones Writer
Julia Kent Script Editor
Arwen Roberts Script Editor
David Peet Story
Ruth Jones Story
Production team
Simon Delaney Director
Spencer Campbell Producer
Ruth Jones Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
David Peet Executive Producer
Mike Hopkins Editor
Paul Cowell Production Designer
Mark Thomas Composer
Simon H Jones Composer
Ruth Jones Composer


Ruth Jones's comedy-drama opens for its fifth series of slightly ridiculous storylines and panto-esque characters. Stella is being ridiculously tolerant of the fact that her current love interest, Michael, is fathering the lovechild of Beyoncé, whom Aunty Brenda refers to as the local Jezebel. Nadine is preparing to christen her daughter, while her dopey husband, Karl, is stuck on a train. Meanwhile, there's a new undertaker in Pontyberry as Ivan Schloss (Fresh Meat's Tony Gardner) comes to town. It's pleasant comfort telly.

Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 12th January 2016

Stella review

Ruth Jones's Stella returned to Sky1 for its fifth series to restore our faith in humankind. The wholesome comedy isn't laugh-out-loud funny, but it is warming and comfortingly down to earth.

Daisy Wyatt, The Independent, 12th January 2016

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