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Friday, 7 April 2017

TV | 8 reasons why Gavin & Stacey is still relevant

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of Gavin & Stacey and I still love it as much as I did when it first broadcast. I was in a long distance relationship myself at the time, so I really related to the characters and loved how relatable the show was to my own situation. 

It was also really refreshing to see a show not only based around a long distance relationship, but a long distance relationship that blossomed between two characters who met on the phone. Though these days people tend to meet online rather than by phone calls, back then, meeting in any way that wasn't 'natural' or in person was relatively unheard of and those that did certainly weren't as open about it as we are now about using Tinder and the like.

I've been re-watching the show yet again lately and here are eight reasons why it's still refreshing, funny and relevant.

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STACEY UNABLE TO FIND A JOB IN SERIES TWO
Seeing the couple struggle in series two isn't fun, but it sure is realistic. Stacey is a hard working person who finds herself out of work when she moves to Essex to be with Gavin. The episodes accurately represent what it's like to struggle for work - to begin, she spends days at home depressed and feeling lost, before turning to rigorous exercise and flat hunting during her days at home. Each rejection letter she gets is a slap in the face, and yet she still continues to search. It's easy to think of people out of work for long periods of time as lazy or 'benefit frauds', but Stacey is just your average 26 year old who is struggling.

The show also follows the couple's journey looking for their own place. Although so many of us struggle to afford our own place full stop, the show at least shows the couple struggling to find somewhere even semi-decent on their small budget and we see them viewing some real grimy places. The struggle is real.

PETE & DAWNS LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP
I just love their relationship. On the surface, they seemingly hate each other and the insults they hurl at each other are hilarious. But despite this, they stick together and often try various things to fix their relationship, such as role play or threesomes. They're miserable together, but they're still together at the end of it all. It's kind of sweet, really.

THE ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF FAMILY GET TOGETHERS 
The family get together's are kind of exactly what I imagine/hope my future to be if I ever get married. They usually have a bit too much to drink and there's always some sort of drama, but it's everything you'd expect when two families become one.

THE REALISTIC LOOK AT LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS
Long-distance relationships are rarely perceived correctly on screen, except for maybe in Like Crazy. But this one is spot on. Things move fast between Gavin & Stacey, as they often do when you spend a lot of your time apart but so much time having long phone conversations. By the second season, they almost break up after Stacey moves to Essex to be with Gavin. You'd think them getting married and moving in together would be the happy ever after, but she ends up feeling entirely lost and alone at being away from home. The show accurately represents what comes after the 'happy ever after', and I love that.

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NESSA'S ONE LINERS
I mean who doesn't love the quotes Nessa comes out with?!

MEN BONDING OVER OVEN GLOVES
The scene in season two where all the men are gathered the kitchen talking about cooking a turkey and Mick recommends some oven gloves is hilarious. I just find it so funny that all the men bond over such a thing.

MICK & PAM'S RELATIONSHIP
#Relationshipgoals, amiright?! They may not always get on ('oooh Mick, you and I are going to fall out today!), but they pretty much have the ideal marriage. Even when they don't get on, their arguments are cute. Pam is also hands down awesome. OH MY CHRIST!

DORIS
She swears like a trooper, is often drunk out of her head and is a total cougar - she's everything you expect an old lady NOT to be, and she's hilarious. I hope I'm like her when I grow old.

It's weird to think that such a simple British comedy went on to span such a cult following. Even though it's a comedy, the show also features plenty of sound advice worth remembering.

Have you ever watched Gavin & Stacey? What are your thoughts? Let me know!

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