Last Night’s TV – Gavin & Stacey

by Lynn Connolly


It’s the beginning of the end of an era as Gavin & Stacey will be no more after this series has ended.

I must admit that I haven’t watched it very often; it just doesn’t ‘do it’ for me, but I can well understand the appeal of the show to its millions of devoted followers. I really enjoyed last year’s Christmas special, but I’m afraid Nessa gets on my wick too much to watch it regularly. But only the character I hasten to add, not Ruth Jones who’s often impressed me with her chameleon like acting abilities in other roles.

I think it’s her gunshot manner of conversation that irks me most, and I have to add, I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing “What’s occurin’”. It seems to be the phrase du jour and while that’s doubtless a great accolade for the show, and for Nessa, it’s jarring and annoying.

But there’s no doubt that the humour is – judging by last night’s final series opener – still as fresh and rapier-wit-funny as it has apparently been from the get go. In that regard, it seems a shame that the show’s coming to a close, but there again, if the humour’s going to be thin on the ground for further series, best to go out on a high.

Last night we saw that Gavin and Stacey are now back in Barry and he had to cope with an onslaught of well meant mithering from his family and friends in his first day of a new job. Nessa was planning the baby’s christening – which doubled as an engagement party for her and Dave – and she’s intending to use the rest of the loan from Doris to have surgery on her girly bits to “rejuvenate” them. Ewwww.

One very amusing touch is that Nessa now carries the baby in contraption on her back so that he doesn’t get in the way of her having a fag. Brilliant. Wish I’d thought of that when mine were babies!

And apropos of babies, Gavin and Stacey are going to start trying for a baby. Oh my…

From the limited amount I know of Stacey, I can see that would be a bit like asking a one-armed man to wallpaper your living room; doable but not without an element of extreme difficulty.

I think I may end up watching the rest of the series, even if that is a bit stable-doorish. So are you going to miss Gavin & Stacey or are you glad it’s going? Let us know what’s occurin’… sorry.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.