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Gavin & Stacey - Christmas Special [DVD]

Ruth Jones , James Corden    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ruth Jones, James Corden, Mathew Horne, Joanna Page
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P05NL0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,711 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

With two Baftas and three British Comedy awards under its belt, the much-loved and rightly-praised Gavin and Stacey returned for a one-hour Christmas Special broadcast on Christmas Eve 2008.

It's Christmas time and the Welsh contingent have been invited to celebrate the festive season with the Shipmans. So with the help of Dave and his coach; the West’s head East. Dawn and Pete have come round for Christmas Eve drinks, and Pete’s brought his aged mum. Mick has an enormous turkey soaking in a bucket, Bryn has his mistletoe on standby and Pam has a cracker of a present under the tree for Mick.

But will the season still be jolly when Smithy sees how attached Dave is to baby Neil? Or when Bryn elaborates further on the fishing trip? But most importantly...will there still be tidings of comfort and joy when Gavin delivers a truly unexpected surprise to everyone in the room?

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Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's occurring? 15 Jan 2009
This Gavin & Stacey special was shown on BBC1 on Christmas Eve 2008. The first two series were on BBC3 and then repeated on BBC1 as it had become so popular. I just the wish BBC had had the courage to screen this on Christmas Day instead of the dismal special of The Royle Family.

This special is based around the Shipmans and the Wests all having Christmas Day in Essex. It's an hour long instead of 30 minutes but doesn't flag at all. All the regulars are here - this is a real ensemble comedy. We get to see Nessa's bath routine, Uncle Bryn enthusing about Mint Baileys, Mick loving his turkey and Pete and Dawn having another row! Oh, and Gavin & Stacey drop a bombshell about their future plans!
For me however the highlight was Smithy and the relationship with his son Neil (and Dave's part in his life). There is a scene that will really tug at your heart strings and is wonderfully underplayed and directed.

The DVD 'extra' is the documentary about the making of the episode, "12 Days of Christmas".

This would make a wonderful Christmas present for yourself and anyone else that appreciates great comedy. Lush!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By sam155 VINE VOICE
Christmas specials must be hard to live up to after the runaway success of two brilliant series. However, James Corden and Ruth Jones have pulled it off. Every character gets great lines, with the writers showing a complete lack of vanity and letting everyone shine.

Highlights include Nessa as Santa ("Oh Oh Oh!"), Dave Coaches stopping at an arcade to play a driving game to "have a break from all the driving", Uncle Bryn's astonishment and delight at Mint Baileys, Gavin's Dad asking when Eastenders was on (Larry Lamb is of course, Archie Mitchell in Eastenders at the moment), the whole room breaking into Frank Butcher impressions, Nessa giving everybody a single Cadburys celebration for Christmas, Stacey and Ness asking if Russell Brand gives them a mention in "Booky Wook" (Gavin's face is a picture), Mick's comedy ears whilst in bed with Pamela...the list is endless.

With a total lack of sentimental music or canned laughter, the comedy is actually stronger for its subtlety and we have already watched it four times and found new stuff to laugh at.

However, with all good comedies, there is a heart at the centre of it, and with just a few awkward silences and uncharacteristic speechlessness from Smithy, the pain of watching another man raise his child is all too poignant. Ruth Jones plays Nessa with integrity too, despite her hard edges, and can do more with those expressive black rimmed eyes than pages of a script could in lesser hands. You get the feeling Nessa can see right into Smithy.

All in, every Christmas ingredient is here: the drunkenness, the rows, the turkey recipe, the banter, the silly hats, the family announcements, and damn it, they even end with a song, in a way that makes it heartwarming rather than forced.

A lot of loose ends are thrown up and there's plenty here for a new series. I believe Ruth and James have finally been persuaded and as a fan, I am happy it's in such reliable hands.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, please 1 Nov 2009
The only negative thought I had while watching this was "This may be the last ever" and that is too sad to contemplate.

If you are wondering whether or not to buy this, I advise you to watch a substantial number of previous episodes first so that you become familiar with the characters and get to know the running jokes, otherwise omelettes and fishing trips (for example) will leave you cold.

Beautiful piece of writing, top class acting. Oh please make another!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comedy Classic. 10 Sep 2009
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This is a Christmas Special that you can watch over and over again throughout the year.At every viewing there is always something new. The extra features are excellent and give a real insight into Ruth Jones and James Corden.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I saw the show while I was in Britain for a visit and just loved it I starting telling people over here about the show but I thought it was better to show them so I purchased a copy, you would not beleive the response it has been getting, it has been passed around all my family & friends and their family & friends and it is a big hit the Brits over here, some Canadians really dont get the humor but when we explain it then they watch again and are now fans. So keep making this show because we all need a little ,romance and humor in our lives., and this show has it ALL
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special 21 Aug 2009
Stunning work, love every minute spent with the stars, I could watch them all the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well lush! 3 Jun 2009
This is a brilliant Christmas Special. Often when a 30 minute show is stretched to a feature length, the plot is bizarre and the characters seem out of place, but not with the wonderful Gavin and Stacey. All your favourites are back and the script is as sharp and laugh-out-loud funny as ever. My favourite part is Ness playing Santa!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gavin & stacey xmas special 29 Sep 2009
Just like series 1 & 2 this xmas special is special!! The characters are just so likable. Wish it went for longer!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ruth Jones' best productions!
This was a hit for Ruth Jones and James Corden! They work so well together, as actors and writers! Tidy!
Published 1 month ago by Jordan Lee Clapham
5.0 out of 5 stars Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special DVD
Item arrived very quickly and was well packaged. This item was in good condition and was a joy to watch. It finishes off my Gavin & Stacey collection
Published 2 months ago by judithp
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them
Can`t say to much bout this yet, as I have not watch the DVD yet, this was purchased as a gift to
myself, looking forward to watching it.
Published 3 months ago by Westie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Quick delivery from amazon first off.

I love the Gavin and Stacey tv series, this Christmas special is one of my favourites watch it every year. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alice Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars modern day christmas classic
dead dead chrismassy. Great gavin and stacey but even better christmas theme. watch this and you will be ready for xmas.
Published 6 months ago by Mr S I Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic.
Superb characters - witty (but valid) scripts and excellent acting make this a true modern comedy classic, just like The Office. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Goodsie
5.0 out of 5 stars best yet
so funny brilliant to watch would highly rate this Christmas special but I liked all the series sorry they are not making any more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs C Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic!
Now for me, this xmas special is just litteraly the icing on the xmas cake! ..The characters are all so normal, that you expect them to walk through your door as pals. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nanny McGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars One to watch!
Very good, humorous and entertaining for the whole family! Well written and acting brilliant, if you love the series this is a must to watch.
Published 10 months ago by Sue Rushton
5.0 out of 5 stars gavin and stacey brill for what i paid for
found that the dvd i have recieved was defintely what i paid for, brilliant condition and really cheap just had to pay more for the delivery then the actual dvd which i did not... Read more
Published 10 months ago by louise mould
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