In a very tidy move, BBC One is re-showing every episode of classic comedy Gavin & Stacey on Saturday evenings to cheer up the UK public while we're self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tonight (April 4) things kicked off with the show's first ever episode, which sees Essex boy Gavin Shipman (Mathew Horne) and his Welsh girlfriend Stacey West (Joanna Page) meet for the first time ever on an overnight trip to London.
They bring along their respective best friends, Neil 'Smithy' Smith (James Corden) and Vanessa 'Nessa' Jenkins (Ruth Jones), and it's not long before things take an unexpected turn as both couples spend the night together.
However, while fans were glad to see their favourites back on screen, there were quite a few viewers who were surprised that certain elements of the show made it past the censors, with some swearing included in the 8.15pm broadcast.
"Love it, but a bit surprised to see this episode pre-watershed on a Saturday night!" one person wrote.
"The phrase 'cheeky finger' used on BBC One prime time Saturday night before the watershed," another added.
I’m cracking up that our old dear Doris talking about fingering was just shown on the BBC pre-watershed 😂 #GavinandStacey— ℙ𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕪 𝕄𝕔𝔽𝕝𝕪 (@SSJBens) April 4, 2020
Love it, but a bit surprised to see this episode pre-watershed on a Saturday night! #GavinandStacey— Tim Mills (@timmytapper) April 4, 2020
Love #GavinandStacey But surprised it’s not been adjusted for an 8pm showing 😬— Lynsey Pledger (@LynseyJPledger) April 4, 2020
The phrase ‘cheeky finger’ used on BBC One prime time Saturday night before the watershed.#GavinandStacey— Paddy Johnston (@paddyjjohnston) April 4, 2020
"Cheeky finger" even the 9pm watershed is like ahhh fuck it 🤣🤣🤣 #GavinandStacey— Enigmark (@Biwx313) April 4, 2020
Someone clearly didn’t watch Gavin and Stacey tonight as smithy said shit before the 2100 watershed #BBC1— Tom Samuel (@Tjsam1000) April 4, 2020
Nevertheless, there were a lot of very happy viewers who were delighted to watch the show again:
#GavinandStacey is like a very warm and comfortable blanket in these strange times ♥️— Natasha (@NatashaF89) April 4, 2020
Can we all just agree that #GavinandStacey is genuinely the best programme created— Amy ⋆ (@_amyhorslen) April 4, 2020
It's like seeing an old friend again after a long period of absence #GavinAndStacey— Howard Batey (@howardbatey) April 4, 2020
Nowt like a bit of #gavinandstacey to put a smile on my face😍— Jodie lupton (@jodie_lupton) April 4, 2020
Plus, with the show being set in the late 00's, the slightly retro outfits and musical choices on display meant the nostalgia was very strong:
The soundtrack takes me right back to my teenage years/uni - but who on earth let us out dressed like that?! #GavinandStacey— Hannah (@hannah_liz73) April 4, 2020
One thing I love about #GavinAndStacey is the music.... So many memories of the mid noughties— Matt Callister (@MattyCal1985) April 4, 2020
Loving hearing the soundtrack #GavinandStacey taking me right back.— Rishi (@RiDsTeR90) April 4, 2020
Gavin & Stacey's re-run will continue next Saturday (April 11) at 8.15pm on BBC One.
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