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 3

Stella. Image shows from L to R: Michael Jackson (Patrick Baladi), Stella (Ruth Jones). Copyright: Tidy Productions
It's Stella who gets the shock when she heads to London to surprise Michael. Back in Pontyberry, Jag's mother Nina shows up and drops a bombshell.

Further details

Stella heads to London to surprise Michael. However, it's her that ends up with the shock when she has dinner with Michael's boss Maria.

Back in Pontyberry, Jag's mother Nina shows up and drops a bombshell and, while new undertaker Ivan looks after Mayor Mary Meyer's funeral, Bobby reaches out to her distraught son.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 26th January 2016
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 27th January 2016 1:00am Sky2
Friday 29th January 2016 10:00pm Sky1
Sunday 31st January 2016 10:00pm Sky2
Sunday 25th September 2016 11:00pm Sky2
Wednesday 26th 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
Aled Pugh Bobby
Pal Aron Jagadeesh
Russell Gomer Yanto
Clare Hingott Cheryl
Maxine Evans Rhian
Dafydd Hywel Glen Brennig
Deddie Davies Marj
Taj Atwal Jasminder
Mark Lewis Jones Rob Morgan
Leona Vaughan Cerys
Tony Gardner Ivan Schloss
Suzanne Packer Carole
Laila Rouass Maria
Guest cast
Wayne Cater George The Butcher
Patricia Kane Dotty
Leena Dhingra Nina
Mark Frost Max
Ruth Madoc Mayor Mary Meyer
Richard Harrington Ian Meyer
Sean Carlsen (as Seán Carlsen) Councillor Davies
Daniel Laurie Jamie
Natalia Ferrara Office Receptionist
Writing team
Ruth Jones Writer
Julia Kent Script Editor
Arwen Roberts Script Editor
David Peet Story
Ruth Jones Story
Production team
Simon Massey Director
Spencer Campbell Producer
Ruth Jones Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
David Peet Executive Producer
Chris Blunden (as Christopher Blunden) Editor
Amelia Shankland Production Designer
Mark Thomas Composer
Simon H Jones Composer


Radio Times review

Ruth Jones, here on writing duty, moves things along big time in an episode of ructions and revelations. Her title character is in London on a work trip and pays a surprise visit to Michael (Patrick Baladi). A big decision beckons, until a bolt from the blue scuppers everything.

Elsewhere, the Pontyberry mayor (Hi-de-Hi!'s Ruth Madoc!) pegs out in a council meeting, with ambitious Aunty Brenda waiting in the wings; Bobby has a drunken fling that has professional repercussions; and Jag makes a surprising discovery about his cleaner. In common with the best instalments, it's a delicious mix of sad and funny.

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 19th January 2016

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