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Gavin and Stacey Case Study

Rob Miller | Monday September 17, 2012

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

Gavin and Stacey is a British Situation Comedy made by Independent Production Company, Baby Cow Productions for BBC Wales between 2007 and 2010. Only 20 episodes were written and as such, and similar to Fawlty Towers in the 1970s (12 episodes) the Sitcom is already developing iconic status and is subject to many repeats and re-runs on channels including BBC3 (the original broadcast channel) and Gold. Calls for its return to the screen are apparent from a host of loyal fans via internet campaigns.

Filmed primarily in Cardiff and Barry it traces the long distance relationship between Gavin (who lives in Billericay, Essex) and his girlfriend Stacey who lives in the Vale of Glamorgan. Although Gavin and Stacey is set in, and frequently intercuts between Billericay and the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff acts as the on location and studio base (BBC Wales) for the programme. Some scenes are filmed on location in Barry while even the Billericay scenes are entirely filmed in Cardiff. As such it is exclusively a BBC Wales production. Common to all Situation Comedies Gavin and Stacey themselves are the main characters while supporting characters are friends and family to both protagonists who often meet on specific occasions e.g. the Christmas Special and at Gavin and Stacey’s wedding. The two central supporting characters are Nessa (Ruth Jones) who is Stacey’s best friend and Smithy (James Corden) who is the best pal and confidant to Gavin. Jones and Corden created and wrote Gavin and Stacey and while it was reported in 2012 that a 4th series was going to be written, time conflicts between Jones and Corden currently has prevented this from taking place.

Typical narratives represent difficult interpersonal relationships and embarrassing situations – in the first episode Stacey travels up from the Vale of Glamorgan with her best friend Nessa to meet Gavin for the first time in London’s west end (they have been communicating online and by...


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