The worst thing about Gavin & Stacey was always Gavin and Stacey. Not that there was anything wrong with the actors who played them, Mathew Horne and Joanna Page. But as the original series wore on, the characters went from cute to cloying to plain annoying. So early reports that the Christmas reunion special would centre on their marriage did not fill me with festive cheer.
三级成人视频Show creators Ruth Jones and James Corden aren't daft, though. They know where the show's appeal lies. A storyline about Gavin and Stacey’s relationship 10 years on - the passion waning after three kids to the point where they planned to get some kitchen units in the January sales rather than buy each other a Christmas gift - was neatly and sweetly wrapped up by the halfway point: “We’re parents. I wouldn’t change that for the world but I don’t want to stop being Stacey and Gavin.” And then it was back to being funny.
N三级成人视频one of the characters had changed a bit since the last time we saw them nearly a decade ago. Well, Neil the baby was 11 but he was still referred to as “Neil the baby” - one of many in-jokes from the original show. What would you have made of this special if you’d come to it with no prior knowledge? Perhaps the same level of bafflement displayed by Sonia (a winning performance from Laura Aikman in a thankless role), girlfriend to Corden’s Smithy, who joined him for Christmas on Barry Island and never quite grasped what everyone was on about.
But for those of us who loved the show, it was a joy to be back in the fold. The writing was as good as ever. As Pam, Alison Steadman still got the best lines (“I am not using Gwen’s towels. No way, Jose. It’s like drying yourself on Ryvita”). The little details were fun: Gavin and Stacey calling two of their kids Harry and Meghan; Neil the baby talking just like his mum (“Yeah, I am, as it goes”); a lengthy conversation about the merits of service stations on the M4 (“Only a fool stops at Heston”).
A三级成人视频lthough at times it felt precision-tooled, with the writers ticking off a list of everything they knew fans wanted to see, it ended with a genuinely touching moment as Ruth Jones’s Nessa, one of the best comedy creations of recent years, proposed to Smithy - a final scene that left a warm glow and begged for a sequel. James Corden spends so much time these days being James Corden - in his US late night show, and in films where people insist on casting him as versions of himself - that it’s easy to forget he’s a very decent actor, as adept at poignant moments as comic ones.
We enjoy watching the hellish drama of EastEnders and Coronation Street on Christmas Day because it’s reassuring to see other people having a worse time than we are. Gavin and Stacey is different, with a positive message that family - and it may be the one you make, not the one you’re born into - is everything. The show celebrates the importance of home, even if that home is occupied by Rob Brydon's hysterical Uncle Bryn having a meltdown over the turkey timings.