Stella (UK TV series)

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Stella
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Ruth Jones
David Peet
Written by Ruth Jones (Series 1-)
Rob Evans (Series 1-)
Steve Speirs (Series 1-)
Ben Edwards (Series 1-2)
Simon Ludders (Series 1-2)
Directed by Sandy Johnson (Series 1)
Sue Tully (Series 1)
Juliet May (Series 1)
Tony Dow (Series 1-)
Mandie Fletcher (Series 2)
Sarah O'Gorman (Series 2-)
Starring Ruth Jones
Craig Gallivan
Catrin Stewart
Justin Davies
Mark Lewis Jones
Elizabeth Berrington
Owen Teale
Julian Lewis Jones
Patrick Baladi
Karen Paullada
Steve Spiers
Opening theme "And Then She Smiles" by The Mock Turtles
Composer(s) Mark Thomas (Series 1-)
Nick Lloyd (Series 2)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 30 (inc. 1 special) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Barry Lynch (Series 1-)
Lucy Lumsden (Series 1-)
Ruth Jones (Series 1)
Jon Mountague (Series 2-)
Producer(s) Jane Dauncey (Series 1-)
Josh Dynevor (Series 2-)
Editor(s) Sara Jones (Series 1-)
Peter Hallworth (Series 1)
John Richards (Series 2)
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Tidy Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Sky 1
Picture format 16:9 (1080i HDTV)
Original run 6 January 2012 (2012-01-06) – present
External links
Official Website

Stella is a British comedy-drama created and written by David Peet and Ruth Jones who plays the lead role of Stella. Stella is one of the flagship television comedy series that has been commissioned and aired on Sky1. The series is largely filmed in Ferndale in the Rhondda Valley in Wales.[1] Just as the show reached halfway through the first series, it was confirmed that a second series was commissioned and aired in January 2013.[2] Just before the second series even aired, Sky recommissioned the show for a third series and began airing in January 2014[3] with a Christmas Special to follow in December 2014. As the show reached halfway through the third series, it was confirmed that a fourth series was commissioned and will air in early 2015.[4]

Background[edit]

The series is set in the fictional village of Pontyberry in the South Wales Valleys. Stella is a 40-something single mum who earns a living doing the locals' ironing. Most of the time, she's relatively happy with life as she juggles the ups and downs of her family, amid the chaos of her eccentric friends, relatives and children's fathers. Her brood consists of eldest son Luke, who starts the series in prison as a consequence of stealing five cars and a lorry; 16-year-old Emma who's smitten with her first love Sunil; and 12-year-old Ben.

Then there's Stella's best friend, sister-in-law Paula, a functioning alcoholic funeral director. Stella's not-too-bright ex-husband Karl who's now seeing 28-year-old Nadine; not forgetting lollipop man and youth rugby coach Alan, an old school friend of Stella's who's been in love with her since 1984. Finally there's Stella's brother Dai who is an ex-serviceman injured on duty. He doesn't work now but is always willing to help out while enjoying an exciting sex life with his wife Paula.

A running joke of the series is the Daddy character played by Howell Evans who only speaks in an unfathomable language, yet everyone in the village is able to understand him but outsiders cannot. However, Daddy appears in the choir scenes where he appears to sing the same words as the rest of the choir members. In episode 2.7 Ashley Banjo thinks Daddy is speaking Welsh but Paula says Daddy does not speak Welsh. However, in episode 2.10 Auntie Brenda says Daddy can speak Welsh and Punjabi.

Numerous main cast members did not return for the third series and exited off screen with numerous new cast members added for the third series.

Synopsis[edit]

Stella is a warm, funny, down-to-earth family saga starring Ruth Jones in the titular role as a mum juggling the demands of life, love and the next door neighbour's horse. Stella is a 40-something mum who earns a living doing the locals' washing and ironing. And, most of the time, she's relatively happy with life as she juggles the ups and downs of her family, amid the chaos of her eccentric friends, relatives and children's fathers. Her brood consists of eldest son Luke, a lovely boy who starts the series in prison; beautiful 16-year-old Emma who's smitten with her first love Sunil; and the brains of the family, 12-year-old Ben.

Then there's Stella's best friend Paula, a functioning alcoholic funeral director. Stella's not-too-bright ex-husband Karl who's now seeing 28-year-old Nadine; not forgetting lollipop man and youth rugby coach Alan, an old school friend of Stella's who's been in love with her since 1984. Finally there's Stella's brother Dai who is an ex-serviceman injured on duty. He doesn't work now but is always willing to help out while enjoying an exciting sex life with his wife. Stella's life isn't straightforward. Bagging toy boy Sean and son Luke's release from prison indicated that things were on an upward turn in the first run, but teenage daughter Emma's pregnancy and the untimely return of Stella's first love Rob soon knocked the family off balance. In the last episode, Luke revealed he was emigrating to Canada, although Stella stole the show by confessing to Emma that she was pregnant - but didn't know if Rob or Sean was the father.

Series two joins Stella and Sean preparing for their new arrival, while Emma and Sunil adjust to married life. Domestic bliss looks doubtful for both, however, as Rob's business dealings bring him back to Pontyberry and Sunil enrols at a brainy (and boozy) medical school. Elsewhere, Dai begins work at the funeral home with wife Paula, creating untoward problems for the usually adventurous couple. Catch up with lollipop man Alan too, who experiences a run of bad luck when his crossing is replaced by traffic lights. Karl and Nadine's new salon Tantastic Bodies, meanwhile, promises to make the town "browner and beefier", and they've already got a potential client in Aunty Brenda, a new arrival from Tenerife armed with bags of insults and an appetite to offend.

Patrick Baladi joins Ruth Jones in Pontyberry playing English lawyer, Michael Jackson. Michael moves to the valleys and the house next door to Stella after an acrimonious divorce has caused him to have to downsize his lifestyle. As he tries to adjust to valley life he soon becomes inextricably linked to Stella's household. When we left Pontyberry at the end of Series 2 Stella had made the life changing decision not to go to Canada with Rob. She also parted ways with Sean and he emigrated to Australia with his new love. As the story picks up for series 3 will Stella have entirely given up on men? Or could new neighbour Michael become the new apple of her eye?

Cast[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character Duration Notes
Ruth Jones Stella Morris 2012–Present
Craig Gallivan Luke Morris/Morgan 2012–Present Eldest son of Stella
Catrin Stewart Emma Morris/Choudary 2012–Present Only daughter of Stella
Justin Davies Ben Morris 2012–Present Youngest son of Stella
Steve Speirs 'Big' Alan Williams 2012–Present Close friend of Stella
Patrick Baladi Michael Jackson 2014–Present Current boyfriend of Stella

Supporting Cast[edit]

Karen Paullada Nadine Bevan 2012–Present
Julian Lewis Jones Karl Morris 2012–present
Howell Evans Daddy Simpson 2012–2014
Aled Pugh Bobby 2012–Present
Daniel Gammond Little Alan 2012–Present
Di Botcher Aunty Brenda 2013–Present
Anthony O'Donnell Dai Davies 2012–Present
Pal Aron Jagadeesh Choudary 2012–Present
Sudha Bhuchar Tanisha Chaudary 2012–Present
Maxine Evans Rhian 2012–Present
Russell Gomer Yanto Beed 2012–Present
Eiri Hughes Verv/Vivienne 2014–Present
Bethan Witcomb Zoe 2013–Present
Gareth Pierce Lenny Mack 2013–Present
Yasmine Akram Parvadi 2014–Present
Tilly Blackwood Jan Jackson 2014–Present
Martha Mackintosh Katie Jackson 2014–Present
Emma Rydal Celia 2014–Present
James Thornton Marcus Jensen 2014–Present
Denise Gough Collette Jensen 2014–Present
Katie Elin-Salt Amy Edwards 2012, 2014–Present
Wayne Cater George the butcher 2012–2014
Dafydd Hywel Glen 2012–Present
Deddie Davies Marj Brennig 2012, 2014–Present
Michelle McTernan WPC Jane Glover 2012–2014
Andy Linden Big Rae 2012–Present

Former Cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character Duration
Mark Lewis Jones Rob Morgan 2012–2013
Elizabeth Berrington Paula Kosh 2012–2013
Owen Teale Dai Kosh 2012–2013
Kenny Doughty Sean McGaskill 2012–2013
Rory Girvan Sunil Choudary 2012–2013
Taj Atwal Jasminder Choudary 2012–2013
Beth Robert Mrs. Barclay 2012–2013
Maggie Steed Meg, Stella's mother 2012
Michael Elwyn Ken, Stella's father 2012
Donna Edwards Mo the Bap 2012–2013
Nadia Kamil Bethan 2012-13
Joanna Riding Melissa 2013
Joanna Scanlan Nancy 2012
Lucinda Dryzek Leah 2013
Paul Kaye Peschman Hodd 2013
Howell Evans Uncle Huw Simpson, Daddy's twin brother 2013
James Corden Steven 2012
Melanie Walters Sonographer 2013

DVD release[edit]

The complete first series of Stella was released on DVD on 12 March 2012.[5]

The complete second series of Stella was released on DVD on 18 March 2013.[6]

The complete third series of Stella was released on DVD on 31 March 2014.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stella filmed in Ferndale
  2. ^ Sky order 2nd series of Ruth Jones comedy drama Stella, retrieved 10 February 2012
  3. ^ Ruth Jones's Stella gets third series, retrieved 25 August 2012
  4. ^ Sky orders Series 4 of Ruth Jones comedy drama Stella, retrieved 27 February 2014
  5. ^ "Stella [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stella - Series 2 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Stella [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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