It’s been revealed today that former Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page – who’s married to Emmerdale actor James Thornton – is to star in a new sitcom about a national lottery winner.
In the new show, which is entitled, The Syndicate, Joanna plays the role of supermarket worker Leanne who, along with some of her co-workers, wins the lottery jackpot, making them all rich overnight.
The show, which will air on BBC1 next year, will also star Timothy Spall in the role of Bob, who finds that money can’t buy everything. Timothy of course previously starred in Auf Weidersehn Pet.
Written by Kay Mellor – Gaynor Faye’s award winning writer mum – What’s On TV magazine report that Kay said, “I was inspired to write it after a friend of mine was told she was losing her job.
“With a mortgage to pay and outstanding debts her only hope was to win the Lottery. It made me think how many people were thinking the same.
“As cuts hit hard we’re left with only a dream of six numbered balls deciding our fate – what strange times we are living in!
“It’s both funny and tragic; a perfect recipe for great drama.” Read more & comment »
Comedian James Corden has let a rather embarrassing cat out of the bag after revealing that he was not only a Take That “super-fan”, he was also in a boy band himself.
James – who of course co-wrote and starred in Gavin and Stacey – was in a band called ‘Insatiable’, and of it, he told the Daily Star, “I did form a boy band called Insatiable when I was young. I was so into it.”
He added, ““If I was not doing acting I would 100% be with the kids trying for The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent.
“I tried to use my band to pull the ladies but I soon realised if you’re going to be in a boyband you don’t want to be the least attractive one.
“The first boyband I formed was Full Frontal and then we did Insatiable.”
And of being such a big fan of Take That, James said, “My love of Take That got me into trouble. I got bullied more for that at school than for being big… Read more & comment »
Comedian and former star of Gavin and Stacey, Rob Brydon, has revealed that he’s suffered what he describes as “incredible abuse” online.
46 year old Rob recently joined Twitter, and has more than half a million followers, but it seems not all of them are friends.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Rob said he has been shocked by “the most incredible abuse”.
He added, “Lots of stuff on there is pleasant, but some of the other stuff I get is absolutely shocking.” Read more & comment »
It has just been revealed that ‘Gavin and Stacey’ star Margaret John has died.
The actress, who played Doris in the critically acclaimed BBC sitcom, passed away in her sleep at around 2am this morning (02.02.11) at the age of 83.
Tributes have already started to flood in from her ‘Gavin and Stacey’ cast mates and friends.
Read more & comment »
Ruth Jones thinks there are plenty of roles for fat actors these days.
The curvaceous ‘Gavin and Stacey’ star – who is set to play 20-stone comedy legend Hattie Jacques in a BBC4 biopic – says TV bosses are a lot more open-minded than they once were, and consider all shapes and sizes for their shows.
She said: “Hattie Jacques may have been stereotyped in the Sixties and Seventies but things have moved on. I don’t think we have the same over¬simplified, sizeist view now.
Read more & comment »
Great news today for fans of hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey comes with the announcement that the duo, and the rest of the cast, will be back in a one-off special.
Ruth Jones, who of course co-writes the show with James Corden told The Sun, “It looks like there will be a Gavin & Stacey special some time in the future.
“It will show how things worked out for Gavin and Stacey – and for Nessa and Smithy.” Read more & comment »
Comedian James Corden has revealed that he was “nervous” ahead of taking on the role of presenting James Corden’s World Cup.
James, who of course starred in Gavin and Stacey and is currently topping the charts with his track alongside Dizzee Rascal, told the Daily Star that his biggest worry is that the show is live.
He said, “The prospect of doing the show was just so daunting because it’s live, but I wanted to give it a go.
“I knew I’d regret it otherwise. Besides, being nervous is not a bad thing… Read more & comment »
Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page has revealed that her husband, James Thornton – who plays Emmerdale’s John Barton – is “turned on” when she speaks to him in a Scottish accent.
Speaking to Closer magazine, Joanna explained that she’d been practicing a Glaswegian accent for a role in a movie for which she begins filming later this month.
She said, “I’ve been perfecting my Glaswegian accent, my husband says it turns him on!
“I’m playing a depressed nutter – so nothing like Stacey!” Read more & comment »
Joanna Page, star of hit comedy Gavin and Stacey – whose husband James Thornton plays John Barton in Emmerdale – has revealed that she’s received “strange” fan mail over the years.
32 year old Joanna told the Daily Star, “One man sent me a drawing of my face and it was like a willy.
“It was really quite strange… Read more & comment »
A company which specialises in providing sight-seeing trips of famous venues has a new day out on its itinerary; a trip around Gavin and Stacey’s world.
The day trip apparently takes in a whopping eleven hours’ worth of travel around Barry, where of course the hit sitcom was set.
The stops on the trip will include the restaurant where Smithy found out about the baby, and the amusement hall where Nessa worked.
You can also nip into the services on the M4 if you fancy seeing where Smithy stopped off when he went from Barry to Essex. Read more & comment »
Gavin and Stacey star, Joanna Page – whose husband James Thornton stars as John Barton in Emmerdale – has revealed that she’d love a role in Doctor Who.
Speaking to the PA at the guest night celebrating the new cast of Wicked, Joanna said that recent rumours suggesting she had been offered a role on the show were not true. Read more & comment »
Ruth Jones, star of Gavin and Stacey, is to play the role of Hattie Jacques in a forthcoming BBC biopic about the Carry On star’s life.
Ruth, who of course played Nessa in Gavin and Stacey, said of the role, “Hattie Jacques is a comedy heroine of mine, and I’m thrilled to have been asked to play her.
“She was an incredibly talented and fascinating woman both on and off screen and so much more than just the ‘funny fat lady’. I can’t wait.”
The drama will examine the life and work of the legendary actress, right up to her death from a heart attack in 1980. Read more & comment »
Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page has told This Morning today that when her husband James Thornton was hit by a car while on a shopping trip in London, paramedics were more interested in her role in Gavin and Stacey!
James, who plays John Barton in Emmerdale suffered a fractured knee in the accident, and Joanna recalled how he broke the news to her that he’d been hit by a car.
She said, “He [James] was run over about eight weeks ago round the corner from where we live.
“I had a phone call. I was in the house, he was obviously in shock and he said ‘Hi, it’s me, I’ve just been run over… Read more & comment »
Rob Brydon has revealed that acting on BBC’s Gavin and Stacey was his favourite job ever.
Brydon admitted that acting as Uncle Bryn on the comedy was a “gift”.
He told The Sunday People:
Read more & comment »
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. Read more & comment »