British Comedy Guide

Stella. Image shows from L to R: Stella (Ruth Jones), Michael Jackson (Patrick Baladi). Copyright: Tidy Productions.

Stella

Sky 1 comedy drama set around a community in Wales. 52 episodes (5 series), 2012 - 2016. Stars Ruth Jones, Leona Vaughan, Suzanne Packer, Laila Rouass and others.

Press Clippings

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

Stella is not ending yet, says Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones says more Stella is on the cards.

Kathryn Williams, Wales Online, 9th October 2016

Much like ITV's Doc Martin, this Welsh valleys-based comedy starring Ruth Jones is a reliable source of gentle laughs, U-rated drama and the odd celeb cameo. Indeed, while Martin Clunes and pals were joined by Sigourney Weaver last year, Robert Plant rocked up in the fictional south Wales town of Pontyberry last week. Things are a little less starry tonight, as the winners of forgotten reality contest Last Choir Standing come to Aunty Brenda's aid. Elsewhere, Stella tries to contact on/off flame Rob, and Michael is forced to compromise.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 1st March 2016

Radio Times review

Should we be worried? While work demands are keeping Stella and her fella apart, her ex, Rob, is very much...

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 2nd February 2016

Radio Times review

The Frisky Fox is becoming to Pontyberry what the Queen Vic is to Walford. All human life is here, and...

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 26th January 2016

Radio Times review

Ruth Jones, here on writing duty, moves things along big time in an episode of ructions and revelations. Her title...

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 19th 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

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...

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 12th January 2016

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

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