CRACK­ING 17m!

Gavin and Stacey hit of decade

Daily Star - - NEWS - ■ by AN­DREW JAME­SON an­drew.jame­son@dailystar.co.uk

GAVIN and Stacey is of­fi­cially the big­gest BBC com­edy since Only Fools And Horses.

The Christ­mas spe­cial star­ring James Cor­den has now been watched by 17.1mil­lion peo­ple on live telly and catch-up. That means more than a quar­ter of the UK’s pop­u­la­tion has seen the gang’s heart­warm­ing fes­tive an­tics, in­clud­ing Nessa and Smithy’s pro­posal cliffhange­r.

It is the Beeb’s most watched non-sport­ing event in 13 years and has the ninth best rat­ings of the past decade.

And it is the most-watched com­edy since an Only Fools spe­cial in 2002, which got 17.4m. Cor­den’s pro­duc­tion com­pany Ful­well 73 tweeted yes­ter­day: “In­cred­i­ble tes­ta­ment to the ge­nius of @ JKCor­den, Ruth Jones & all the bril­liant cast & crew in­volved.”

An ini­tial view­ing fig­ure of 11.6m rose by more than 5m through catch-ups.

BBC boss Char­lotte Moore said: “Gavin and Stacey has been a phe­nom­e­nal hit this Christ­mas, break­ing records to be­come the big­gest scripted show of the decade.”

MORE than 17mil­lion peo­ple watched the Gavin and Stacey Christ­mas Spe­cial, mak­ing it the most watched non-sports show for 10 years. Now those fig­ures re­ally are tidy.

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