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Gavin And Stacey: introduction

Gavin And Stacey series 3: Ruth Jones as Nessa; Melanie Walters as Gwen; Baby Neil; Mat Horne as Gavin; James Corden as Smithy; Joanna Paige as Stacey; Larry Lamb as Mick; Rob Brydon as Uncle Bryn; Alison Steadman as Pamela/ © Todd Antony/Baby Cow

Gavin And Stacey, written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, returns to BBC One in November for a third series.

The first series of Gavin And Stacey told the simple love story of two young people from different parts of the UK, and the impact their relationship had on their friends and family.

Gavin (Mathew Horne) is an ordinary boy from Essex in England; Stacey (Joanna Page) is an ordinary girl from Barry in Wales. After speaking on the phone to each other every day at work, they finally met, fell in love and got married.

The difference in backgrounds and culture doesn't hinder their romance, which flourishes when they finally meet for the first time after hitting it off during their numerous flirtatious work calls.

Stacey's guardian-uncle, Bryn (Rob Brydon), has pledged to look out for his niece – when not obsessing over his faulty satellite navigation system – while Gavin is doted on by his sometimes emotionally volatile mother, Pam (Alison Steadman), who only wants the best for her "little prince".

On the occasionally rocky route to Gavin and Stacey's wedding, the two very different sets of families and friends must learn to get along together.

The couple's best friends, the forthright Nessa (Ruth Jones) and best man Smithy (James Corden), get along very, very well but, unfortunately, only when they're plastered.

The second series of Gavin And Stacey sees how their marriage is working out; what is happening in the lives of their respective families; and, more importantly, if their best friends Nessa and Smithy are finally getting along.

Following their honeymoon, Gavin and Stacey are living with his parents in Essex until they can get a place of their own. Gavin will not even consider moving to Barry, and Stacey feels bad for leaving her family. She also wants to be there to support her newly-pregnant best friend, Nessa (Ruth Jones).

But Nessa has a bombshell of her own – Smithy (James Cordon) is the father of the child she is carrying. In an emotional end to the second series, Nessa gives birth to Neil the baby and Smithy must face up to the fact he is a father.

In the one-off festive special (December 2008), it's Christmas Eve and the West family join the Shipman clan for one of Mick's (Larry Lamb) famous turkey dinners.

Smithy, excited about his first Christmas with his son, doesn't count on Nessa's boyfriend Dave Coaches (Steffan Rhodri) tagging along and playing happy families with Nessa and his son. It doesn't help matters when Nessa accepts Dave's marriage proposal.

As tension mounts and tempers flare, neighbours Pete (Adrian Scarborough) and Dawn (Julia Davies) get embroiled in the family argument and it ends with Pete punching Dave Coaches.

Jason (Robert Wilfort) and Bryn, meanwhile, had a heart-to-heart about "that" fishing trip and Gavin and Stacey's revelation to Pam and Smithy about moving to Barry doesn't quite turn out to be the Christmas present they were expecting.

Series 3... With four British Comedy Awards, two Baftas and a South Bank Show award to its name, Gavin And Stacey returns for a new series on BBC One.

As Gavin starts his new job, the move to Barry Island means big changes for the whole family. Pam and Mick have to adjust to an empty nest while Gwen's got a full house again.

Stacey is in her element, but will this finally be the solution to the couple's long-distance problem? And how will Gavin take to living in Wales?

Smithy questions their friendship along with his own role as father – and with Dave Coaches on the scene and now engaged to Nessa, will Smithy find himself pushed out of the frame? How will life in a caravan work out for Nessa and her soon-to-be husband Dave?

Joining the cast as Smithy's mum, Cath, is Pam Ferris.

CS

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