How did I miss out on watching Gavin & Stacey?  The answer is simple really, it’s because it was on BBC3 first time around, and I simply don’t think to keep an eye on what’s on that channel - but I’ve no excuses for missing it when it was repeated on BBC2 at the end of last year.

I stumbled across an episode from the second series on BBC3 the other night and thought it was hilarious, the best thing I’d seen in absolutely ages -and British to boot!

Over the last couple of nights I’ve managed to work my way through the entire first series, so I really need to try and track down a means of catching up with the second series now - the DVD isn’t out until November after all!

For anyone who hasn’t seen it, the programme has quite a sweet premise behind it - boy meets girl, they fall in love, they marry - the usual stuff I suppose, but with a bit of a modern twist given that they have known each other for months, communicating by telephone, before they ever meet.

The characters are all brilliantly portrayed, Rob Brydon being my pick of the bunch as he just cracks me up, but an actor is nothing without the right words to say so huge credit must go to Ruth Jones and James Corden - who also both star in the show as well.

The sign of a really well written comedy is one which can turn things around and take it beyond playing for laughs - we’ve seen it in the past with things like Only Fools and Horses, One Foot in the Grave and more recently with shows like The Office - when they leave the comedy aside and show a change of emotions.

In the last episode of the first series of Gavin & Stacey, we have such a moment when her Uncle Bryn presents Stacey with a letter from her dead dad while they are on their way to her wedding.  Her dad obviously knew he was dying and had left this note for Bryn to give her on her wedding day.  I’m not ashamed to say it brought a tear to the eye!

Of course further laughs are guaranteed before the episode draws to a close as the reception doesn’t quite go according to plan. 

Now I really must seek out the second series before too long…