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Old 30-01-2012, 13:37
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OK - I have waited until a few episodes in before giving my opinion as I really wanted to give it every chance. I thought after the first one it was ok - could be a slow burner. After the second one I decided I loved it. So very funny, funeral business, rampant sex games - fabulous.
Expecting to love the next episode and to be fair most of it was still great but it is the whole Stella/Shaun thing that I just can't get into.

I'm not saying a bloke can't fall for someone 10 years older - but it is an unusual thing to happen, especially with a really hot bloke. It would work though if there was just a tiny amount of chemistry but there isn't. That whole conversation at the end was cringing and ruined a great episode.

I hope the whole thing moves on quickly.

it is a bit similar to Miranda. Both written by very funny talented ladies and both end up with the 'not conventionally pretty' main characters getting a really hot younger boyfriend.

Mind you if I was the talented writer/actress I would damn well do that too!!!!
Yeah, I get that and I was thinking the same thing too.

But I would add that I do see that sort of thing happening in real life (at least in my town!) with people in their 30/40s, and also we don't know a lot about Shaun yet - he may have ulterior motives or there may be undercurrents that will be revealed later in the series.

All in all though, cracking so far - perfect Friday evening viewing with a glass or two of wine, Ruth Jones is so talented.
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Old 01-02-2012, 20:18
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Well Ruth Jones is such a pretty lady! So I can see why someone would fall for her. He's a cute bloke but not that hot. He's clearly NOT from Barnsley with a Manc accent. But I'll let it slide cos I love this show!
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:25
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I'm absolutely loving this series although the preview for next week's episodes made me feel a little sad. Would be a shame if the teenage parents split up due to him cheating.
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Old 05-02-2012, 18:39
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I don't want to give my mam in law's street away but it was in the Cymmer Porth area. And I know they used Bronwydd house Porth for the wedding as they couldn't get Pontypridd registry office. Hope this helps. I think a lot of the first episode was filmed down Caerphilly way. Rugby club and such.
This show's locations does my head in everytime I see them so it does. The bloody show was filmed mainly in Tylorstown in the Rhondda Fach where I lived between 1968 to 1976. Brynbedw Rd where Dai and Paula live (no 53) was part of my paper round when I was a kid. I went to Ferndale Grammer School in Maerdy before it became a comp.. So recognising that and Parry St wher most of the filming takes place freaks me out a little when you consider I left Tylorstown in 76. The rugby field (with VIP area) is where I leaned to play the game. The bench is just below Tylorstown tip and you can often see Penrhys, Pontygwaith, Ferndale and Blaenllechau in shot. The fourth episode showed the kids training in Penrhys with Tonypandy in the background. The only location I don't recognise is the funeral directors exterior which I thought was Porth. Bugger all to do with Caerphilly it's the Rhondda.

I now live in Liverpool and both me and my English wife love the series because while the Welsh might not enjoy it, it is how we see people in the valleys about 10 years behind the rest of the UK. I still have family in the valleys and even they love the series so Ruth ignore the negatives, Stella is the dogs Cocking bollocks..
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Old 05-02-2012, 18:51
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This is one of the few tv programmes that I really look forward to each week. Cant believe we're 1/2 way through the series already. Sean is lovely and I hope Ruth has kept them together for the rest of the series. Hope it gets a 2nd series.
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Old 05-02-2012, 19:27
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It gets better every week. Love the running joke with the Daddy character, where everyone understands what he's saying, except the viewer.

In the first episode, I thought I just wasn't picking up his strong accent. After a couple of times it twigged!!

This week's episode was written by Steve "my name is Alan" Speirs.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:24
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This has become a gentle weekly treat.

The pain of Big Alun (it should be Alun, not Alan) is wonderful.

The incomprehensible (to us) old man is hilarious.

The whole thing works well.

I see no problem of Stella dating someone ten years younger, far from uncommon.

I have a friend who, until recently, would only date someone much younger than she was.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:31
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I'm loving this show, so well written, great characters, Ruth Jones is fantastic, it's been such a treat to stumble across this. A complete gem.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:46
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LOVE Stella!

Really good comedy-drama. Not too heavy, humorous and sweet.

It is nice from time to time to have a programme you can just watch without getting too involved, or it having loads of plot twists and cliffhangers. Stella makes a good hour of television that you don't have to think about too much.

I hope it is doing well enough to consider a second series.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:38
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I'm loving this show, so well written, great characters, Ruth Jones is fantastic, it's been such a treat to stumble across this. A complete gem.
totally agree,love this show
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Old 06-02-2012, 15:39
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Fantastic Series.

I hope Sky1 recomission another series.

whole cast is brilliant. how is doing ratings wise?
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Old 06-02-2012, 22:02
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This show's locations does my head in everytime I see them so it does. The bloody show was filmed mainly in Tylorstown in the Rhondda Fach where I lived between 1968 to 1976. Brynbedw Rd where Dai and Paula live (no 53) was part of my paper round when I was a kid. I went to Ferndale Grammer School in Maerdy before it became a comp.. So recognising that and Parry St wher most of the filming takes place freaks me out a little when you consider I left Tylorstown in 76. The rugby field (with VIP area) is where I leaned to play the game. The bench is just below Tylorstown tip and you can often see Penrhys, Pontygwaith, Ferndale and Blaenllechau in shot. The fourth episode showed the kids training in Penrhys with Tonypandy in the background. The only location I don't recognise is the funeral directors exterior which I thought was Porth. Bugger all to do with Caerphilly it's the Rhondda.

I now live in Liverpool and both me and my English wife love the series because while the Welsh might not enjoy it, it is how we see people in the valleys about 10 years behind the rest of the UK. I still have family in the valleys and even they love the series so Ruth ignore the negatives, Stella is the dogs Cocking bollocks..
The reason you don't recognise the Funeral Directors is because it is in Caerphilly. Llanbradach to be precise - stick Frwd Terrace Llanbradach in Google Maps and you should recognise it. If it doesn't do your head in too much obviously ...

I love the series, only problem I have is Ruth Jones' accent is quite peculiar at times, especially considering she is actually Welsh! There again maybe she is speaking some strange new dialect I'm unfamiliar with, being 10 years behind the times and all ...

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:43
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The reason you don't recognise the Funeral Directors is because it is in Caerphilly. Llanbradach to be precise - stick Frwd Terrace Llanbradach in Google Maps and you should recognise it. If it doesn't do your head in too much obviously ...

I love the series, only problem I have is Ruth Jones' accent is quite peculiar at times, especially considering she is actually Welsh! There again maybe she is speaking some strange new dialect I'm unfamiliar with, being 10 years behind the times and all ...

Well said, being Rhondda born and bred know most of Stella isn't filmed in the Rhondda. Tonyrefail comprehensive and Caerphilly are not in the Rhondda. I lived all of my 40 years in the Rhondda, not 2 minutes.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:28
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I think the poster re the location has the same minor (and it is v v minor cos I loves Stella I do) issue with Sean's accent. The actor is from Barnsley, the character is from Barnsley and I am also from that delightful town, however his accent appears to be more central Manchester than South Yorks. Now I don't have a Barnsley accent myself thanks to my lovely Ma and it is a hard one to do if you don't have it naturally so I don't blame him. I just think, instead of taking lessons in Northern accents from the Gary Barlow school of language, he should've listened to Uncle Mick (see below)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knVbqfzj57M

Now THAT is how Barnsley folk who haven't migrated or had a posh mother sound like!
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Old 07-02-2012, 15:04
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I think Stella is a cocking good show and I do proper love it!
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Old 07-02-2012, 17:53
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[quote=bluebell smile;56082872]
I don't want to give my mam in law's street away but it was in the Cymmer Porth area. And I know they used Bronwydd house Porth for the wedding as they couldn't get Pontypridd registry office. Hope this helps. I think a lot of the first episode was filmed down Caerphilly way. Rugby club and such.[/Q

You're not far out the building they used for the Funeral Parlour and the schemes outside are in the main street going through Llanbradach.
Just to add to the location spotting the "Lamb & Flag" in the Keckers/Tablo (Tableau?) episode is actually the Brunel Arms in Pontyclun - right opposite the railway station. Mystery of the massive film truck I was cursing for hogging all the parking spaces at the station last summer finally solved.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:13
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Good news. Stella has been given a second series.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:24
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Good news. Stella has been given a second series.
Great news - as with Gavin and Stacey I don't think its one of those shows that will necessarily run for for more than 2 or 3 series but great to have at least one more.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:59
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Woop! Looking forward to it already!
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:50
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Good news. Stella has been given a second series.
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Old 10-02-2012, 13:27
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I saw this for the first time yesterday and really loved it. She is a very attractive lady ans lookes terrific on her date with Shaun.Sorry I missed the first episodes so hope it will repeat the series sometime.
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Old 10-02-2012, 20:08
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I saw in the opening Stella that one of the directors is Tony Dow is this the same Tony Dow of Leave It To Beaver/New Leave It To Beaver?
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Old 10-02-2012, 20:12
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Has the always been a title sequence? That's the first time I've seen it, and I've watched every episode so far .
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Old 10-02-2012, 22:01
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You know I said the same last week. I don't know why I hadn't noticed either!
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:27
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I saw in the opening Stella that one of the directors is Tony Dow is this the same Tony Dow of Leave It To Beaver/New Leave It To Beaver?
No. It's this one.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1222874/
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