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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 2

Stella. Image shows from L to R: Nadine (Karen Paullada), Aunty Brenda (Di Botcher), Little Alan (Daniel Gammond), Karl (Julian Lewis Jones), Luke (Craig Gallivan), Bobby (Aled Pugh), Stella (Ruth Jones), Michael Jackson (Patrick Baladi), Cheryl (Clare Hingott), Ben (Justin Davies), Glen Brennig (Dafydd Hywel). Copyright: Tidy Productions
As Stella and Michael try to get their relationship back on track, Beyoncé starts making outrageous demands. Meanwhile, Karl and Nadine take up dancing.

Further details

As Stella and Michael strive to get their relationship and their finances back on track, Beyoncé starts demanding outrageously expensive items for the baby. Always eager to put others first, Stella comes up with a typically selfless solution, while Michael argues it's high time she put herself first.

Elsewhere in Pontyberry, Karl and Nadine hope to put the spark back into their marriage through the power of dance, while a mysterious stranger drives a wedge between Bobby and Aunty Brenda.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 19th January 2016
Sky One
60 minutes

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
Russell Gomer Yanto
Clare Hingott Cheryl
Maxine Evans Rhian
Dafydd Hywel Glen Brennig
Taj Atwal Jasminder
Leona Vaughan Cerys
Tony Gardner Ivan Schloss
Suzanne Packer Carole
Laila Rouass Maria
Guest cast
Grace Fan Mrs Wong
Patricia Kane Dotty
Gillian Elisa Nana Pat
Nayef Rashed Mohammed Al Komadi
Andy Fairweather Low Self
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


Radio Times review

Star/co-creator Ruth Jones calls another Welsh favour this week. After cameos in previous series from Lord Kinnock, presenter Gethin Jones and rugby star Scott Quinnell, Andy Fairweather Low gets to busk in a pub! The Wide Eyed and Legless singer is the kind of delightful aside at which this post-watershed Pobol y Cwm excels.

The crux of the episode is expectant vamp Beyoncé applying a financial squeeze on the rueful Michael, while comedy linchpins Bobby and Brenda tussle for the same ndertaker's job. Their interviewer is the enigmatic Ivan Schloss (the usually excellent Tony Gardner, here with an uncomfortable accent). If it's all a tad overplayed, the feel-good factor conquers all.

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 12th January 2016

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