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Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is most-watched TV comedy for 17 years

Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is most-watched TV comedy for 17 years

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The Gavin and Stacey Christmas special was the UK's most-watched scripted TV programme of the 2010s, new audience figures show.In total, 17.1 million viewers tuned in to the comeback episode live or on catch-up during the subsequent week, according to the consolidated ratings.Only sporting events and the 2010 X Factor final were watched by more people during the past decade.And it was the most-watched comedy since Only Fools and Horses in 2002.Del Boy and Rodney's penultimate Christmas Day special was watched by 17.4 million people, according to ratings body Barb. The new episode of Gavin and Stacey, written by and starring James Corden and...
Gavin And Stacey the most viewed Christmas Day show in a decade

Gavin And Stacey the most viewed Christmas Day show in a decade

Entertainment
The much-anticipated return of TV's Gavin And Stacey achieved the best Christmas Day viewing figures for more than a decade.The episode, broadcast on BBC One, was watched by an average 11.6 million people, making it the biggest festive special since 2008. It secured 49.2% of the total viewing audience during its slot, according to the BBC.The episode picked up 10 years after the previous instalment of the comedy series, allowing viewers to catch up on the world of titular couple Gavin and Stacey (played by Matthew Horne and Joanna Page) as well as Smithy and Nessa (James Corden and Ruth Jones).It ended on a cliffhanger, with a marriage proposal involving two major characters left unanswered. Advertisement T...
Gavin And Stacey Christmas Special is a ‘Brexit-free sanctuary’

Gavin And Stacey Christmas Special is a ‘Brexit-free sanctuary’

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Gavin and Stacey are back for Christmas, but after 10 years away from our screens there's one topical issue they won't be discussing.Actress and co-creator Ruth Jones tells Sky News: "There's no mention of Brexit in the show. And I think that's as it should be. Image: The Christmas special offers a welcome break from all things political "It's nice to have a little sanctuary in amongst it all, a little oasis in amongst everything else."The one-off special brings the Shipman and West families together for Christmas dinner in Wales, with all the main cast reprising their roles.They agree, it's a good thing the show's a politics-free zone. Advertisement ...
Gavin And Stacey reboot: Cast thought Corden’s call was a scam

Gavin And Stacey reboot: Cast thought Corden’s call was a scam

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The moment James Corden and Ruth Jones got the green light for the Gavin And Stacey Christmas Special, they couldn’t wait to call the cast – but getting in touch proved difficult.With the creators of the hit Welsh comedy now living on different continents, mapping out the new episode had already proved geographically challenging, relying on rushed transatlantic trips topped up with Facetime sessions. Image: It catches up with the much loved-characters in a whole new stage of their lives Despite the show being away from our screens for 10 years, the pair had continued to text each other back and forth with ideas for characters, including one occasion where Jones wrote out alternative lyrics to Adele's hit Hello in the style of Nessa, ...
British PM Theresa May sacks Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson over 5G leak

British PM Theresa May sacks Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson over 5G leak

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May 1 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May fired Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson on Wednesday over leaked information about the government's decision to grant Chinese telecommunications company Huawei access to Britain's 5G network. May's office said it "lost confidence in his ability to serve" after determining he leaked the information to the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "The Prime Minister's decision has been informed by his conduct surrounding an investigation into the circumstances of the unauthorized disclosure of information from a meeting of the U.K. National Security Council," a letter from May's office said. May told Williamson of her decision during a meeting Wednesday evening. He denied involvement in the leak. "I appreciate you offering me the option to resign, but t...