Gavin and Stacey to be remade for the US… but you can forget "Gavla" as bosses vow to change the names


Gavin and Stacey to be remade for the US… but you can forget 'Gavla' as bosses vow to change the names

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14:03 GMT, 18 October 2012

Cheese omlettes, sheep gags and a bitter Welsh woman – Gavin and Stacey couldn't get more British.

But the show is the latest sitcom to get a slick US remake, following in the footsteps of UK hits The Office and The Inbetweeners.

Writers James Corden and Ruth Jones, who both starred in the hit series which first hit UK screens in May 2007, have been named as executive producers on the US version but viewers should be warned, nothing is safe, even the main characters names.

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Back in the day: Nessa (Ruth Jones), Stacey (Joanna Page), Gavin (Matthew Horne) and Smithy (James Corden) became household names after the first series of the show in May 2007

Back in the day: Nessa (Ruth Jones), Stacey (Joanna Page), Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Smithy (James Corden) became household names after the first series of the show in May 2007

UK audiences took the sitcom in their droves after it aired five years ago and it went on to win a BAFTA and a British Comedy Award.

Cheeky humour and a touching love story lie behind the plot which centred on the long distance relationship between Gavin (Matthew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page).

The upcoming series will be written by I Just Want My Pants Back writer David Rosen, but it is thought neither Corden or Jones will star in the show.

Bafta winning: James Corden and Ruth Jones with the Programme of The Year award received for Gavin And Stacey in 2008

Bafta winning: James Corden and Ruth Jones with the Programme of The Year award received for Gavin And Stacey in 2008

I don't believe it! The premise of the series was when Essex by Gavin, played by Mathew Horne, met loveable Welsh girl Stacey, and they fell in love

I don't believe it! The premise of the series was when Essex by Gavin, played by Mathew Horne, met loveable Welsh girl Stacey, and they fell in love

American audiences will have already seen the show as all three seasons and both Christmas specials were aired on BBC America.

Head of BBC Worldwide Jane Tranter, who are producing the show with Sony Pictures TV and Baby Cow Productions, said the first script would be delivered 'by Thanksgiving', with a decision about the show to be made in 2013.

Speaking to The Independant she added: 'There is the right time and the right place for a project like this. The stars needed to align. After the show didn't make it at ABC, I waited,' she said.

Love: the show centred on the relationship of Gavin, played by Matthew Horne, and Stacey, played by Joanna Page

Love: the show centred on the relationship of Gavin, played by Matthew Horne, and Stacey, played by Joanna Page

The Fox version will focus on the key life moments of the title characters as they try to maintain their relationship.

But Jane said the name may change as US audiences may not get on to well with Gavla, adding: 'I haven't met any Gavins here.'

WHAT'S OCCURING GAVIN & STACEY FACTFILE
David Cameron confessed to using the show's catchphrases, such as Nessa's 'What's Occurring' and 'Tidy'.James
Corden met Ruth Jones – Nessa and his co-writer on Gavin & Stacey –
when they both starred in Fat Friends, an ITV drama about the members
of a slimming group. James told her about a wedding he had just been to
where the bride was Welsh and the groom English.Corden
based his own character, Smithy, on a friend of his cousin. Others are
based on people the co-writers met in the hotel bar during the filming
of Fat Friends.The
writers hoped to make Gavin & Stacey a one-off TV film. Jones says,
'When the BBC got our proposal they said, 'We don't have a slot for a
one-hour special. Why don't you chart their relationship and go back to
when they met and culminate the end of the series in their wedding”The
re-written proposal for the first series was so good that when the BBC
commissioning editor was reading it on the train, she completely missed
her stop.