Gavin and Stacey is of course the show that catapulted the comedian into the limelight, but it turns out there was an American version all along.
Titled Us and Them, the 2014 remake had writers James Corden and Ruth Jones on-board as executive producers, but it was a far-cry from its UK counterpart.
In this version Gavin (played by Jason Ritter) is a New Yorker who meets Stacey (Alexis Bledel) from Pennsylvania. They quickly begin an online relationship before the pair meet up six months later as the story unfolds from there.
Footage of the remake has recently resurfaced and it’s tragic. Rob Brydon’s Uncle Bryn – who is known as Uncle Brian in this version – has been completely ruined.
Luckily, Fox decided to scrap that hot piece of garbage early doors, so only 6 of the 13 planned episodes got made.
However, both a Korean and South African network picked it up, begging the question of how bad their TV must be for them to enjoy that.
Fans are all saying the same thing and honestly you can’t blame them:
I just threw up
— Ellie Leek (@Ellieleek95) 9 June 2019
American’s trying to re-create Gavin and Stacey is proof that satan exists. pic.twitter.com/aQu6KLzqrO
— Billy (@BillyDHM) 10 June 2019
But there is a silver lining to all this – the UK version is returning for a one-off Christmas special!
In the nine years it’s been off the airwaves, we’ve had to survive with reruns on UK Gold, constantly wondering what it was that happened between Bryn and Jason, and how little Ian (who would be 10 now!!!) is doing.
Well now it looks like we’re going to be getting some answers, as James Corden tweeted out some of the best news we’ve gotten this year…
Taking to Twitter. he wrote:
“Ruth Jones and I have been keeping this secret for a while… We’re excited to share it with you. See you on Christmas Day“
Alongside a picture of a finished script.
America, you’re great and all, but for the most part you really can’t grasp our sense of humour.
Apart from The Office – that was actually rather excellent.
Images via Twitter/YouTube/BBC
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.