Stella Could Be As Good As Gavin And Stacey
I’m not usually an early adopter of anything, but I am quietly proud of the fact that I discovered Gavin and Stacey before it became widely known. I don’t really know why that should be a source of pride, but it is.
On Friday we watched the first episode of Stella, Ruth Jones’ new series on Sky 1. We loved it. The Beautiful Armenian and I have quite different tastes in comedy, but there were laugh-out-loud moments for both of us.
There were some good teenager and family moments, so enough of a tenuous link to the subject matter of this blog (as far as I’m concerned). For me the quality of the writing really stood out. The way that the true (and complex) character of Stella’s sister-in-law was gradually revealed. The way that Stella was immediately established as a character deserving of our sympathy, even though she didn’t handle her daughter’s issues very well.
All in all a very promising start. No, more than that. I get quite emotional about things I really like, and I can feel myself becoming a big fan of Stella already. Isn’t it interesting how you can often feel the quality of a film or a TV series or a book very early on (although I suppose sometimes the biggest disappointments come from things which appear to be brilliant, but then don’t deliver).
Let’s hope Stella doesn’t go that way. I’m quietly confident it won’t. The Independent has been less than completely enthusiastic, so I thought I’d see if I could find out what they thought about Gavin and Stacey in its early days. It seems they thought it was “respectable.” So there.
Anyway, there are nine one-hour episodes to go, and plenty of repeats of the first one this week. I’m going to be looking forward to Friday nights even more than normal over the next couple of months!