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Paper Monitor

11:48 UK time, Thursday, 1 March 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Wales is hip these days, Paper Monitor understands from its readings.

From the freeplaying rugby of its hulking three quarters, to Cardiff's buzzing nightlife or the success of Gavin and Stacey, the Welsh dragon is breathing fire at the moment.

And at his Downing Street reception on the eve of St David's Day, David Cameron struggled to control his ardour for the land across the Severn Bridge.

"There's lovely: Cameron and Stacey" runs the Daily Telegraph headline, next to a front page picture of the Prime Minister bowing down in homage to Joanna Page. The actress, who plays blonde, daydreamer Stacey, looks equally startled and amused.

We learn that "what's occurring" is a favourite Cameron expression, while he jokes that he'll greet any future electoral success in Wales as a "tidy result".

The PM's affection for the Billericay/Barry-set sitcom turns into a plea for more episodes in the Daily Mail.

"Like all sitcoms in the UK it was much too short, we need more episodes. It's an absolutely fantastic piece of work and gave pleasure to millions."
One can almost hear the lobby hacks bellowed refrain: will a fourth series of Gavin and Stacey be pledged in the next Tory manifesto?

Paper Monitor has the ability to see the hypothetical future, of course. The PM's response - "that would be lush, chaps".

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