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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, March 24, 2008
    Gavin and Stacey: the whole gamut

    Uncle Bryn and Nessa in the cash booth at the Barry Island Amusement Centre where she works:

    Bryn: Do you ever get bored working here?
    Nessa: No, I finds it fascinating. I'm a people-watcher, Bryn.
    Bryn: I get you.
    Nessa: I see every thread of life's rich tapestry inbetween these three walls. The whole spectrum of human emotion.
    Bryn: The whole gamut.
    Nessa: I see victory, I see defeat, anticipation, emancipation and demoralization. And that's just on the Fruities.

    So the BBC documentary makers failed miserably with their White series' blinkered view of white working class people. But their comedy department have more than made up for the error, in Gavin and Stacey, a show which keeps getting better and better, whose characters are tender, complex, beautifully observed. A love story linking a Billericay boy with a Barry girl which even some metropolitan liberal media people like. Though the New Statesman's Rachel Cooke couldn't resist a dig at Gavin and Stacey's "sentimentality", that shibboleth of the chattering classes, at least she had the wit to conclude, "These are characters whose destinies you care about. You want them to be happy and never to stop being so very kind and loving." And she's right.

    Screenshot: BBC