Gavin and Stacey hit of decade
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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