Fox Adapting UK Series ‘Gavin and Stacey’ for American TV

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gavin and stacey Fox Adapting UK Series Gavin and Stacey for American TVThough several American TV series have used British programming as inspiration, none have been as successful as The Office. Currently Shameless on Showtime is holding its own, but most other import shows have fallen by the wayside.

Now the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacy - which follows the trials and tribulations of a couple trying to maintain a long-distance relationship – is getting an American adaptation at Fox.

THR reports the original UK series creators, writers and co-stars, James Corden and Ruth Jones (who played the title couple’s friends, Smithy and Nessa) will executive produce (much like Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant did with The Office) and David Rosen (who scripted MTV’s I Just Wants My Pants Back) will write the script.

Gavin & Stacey started small on BBC Three, but when the audience kept growing, it headed to BBC Two and then BBC One (because when a show is successful in the UK, it climbs a channel ladder). The series ran for three seasons and a Christmas special, which is usually how British series pan out. And, as usual, the seasons were not long 24-episode installments, but were composed of six episodes for the first and third seasons and eight episodes for the second.

Here’s the entire premiere episode of BBC Gavin & Stacey:

The original series of the show follows the romance between Gavin and Stacey as they live apart across the country. Gavin lives with his parents and spends his time with his best friend Smithy, while Stacey lives with her widowed mother, with frequent visits by her best friend Nessa. It focuses on the key moments of their lives including how they first met, when they met each other’s families, got engaged and married, shopped for a house, try to find jobs and more.

Fox’s version will reportedly follow the same formula, along with plenty of moments when Gavin and Stacey have to get their families together, which makes for some pretty polarizing scenarios.

This could be a big break for Corden and Jones, who are quite popular across the pond. Corden starred in big British series like Fat Friends, Teachers and the sketch comedy series Horne & Corden, while Jones has been seen in even more programs like Little Britain, Nighty Night and Stella. Making the move to US television with a show they originally created could offer the same lucrative launching point that Gervais and Merchant landed with The Office. In the same fashion, Corden and Jones will only work behind the scenes instead of in front of the camera, but this should open all sorts of doors for the British comedians.


Source: THR

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  1. it truly is the end of the world… dear american viewers, please do not watch your version of the inbetweeners, only watch ours. you will all understand.
    The only thing that worked for you guys was the office.

    • Agreed!

      • i might even go as far to say your version of the office is greater than ours but the thing with american tv studios they seem to want to take it too far. i think the reason some of our shows are so memorable is the fact they dont overstay their welcome. some even finish in the peak of their show like the office and gavin and stacey.
        all i will say is that is this is made it both doesnt overstay its welcome and is actually good.

  2. On the topic of British shows coming to America, I’d love to see an American version of The IT Crowd. I recall talks of this being done a few years ago but nothing since. That show was hilarious and was bummed it only had 20 some episodes.

    • I think they did it with the original Moss and it tanked after the pilot

      • Joel McHale then went onto Community so goodthing really.

      • You’re right. I watched it on YouTube. Terrible.

  3. I’ve watched a lot of tv from the BBC and i have yet to see one get rebooted, remaked, reimagined for US audiences that has worked. Men Behaving Badly, Being Human, Eleveth Hour, Skins, Inbetweeners. OK i must admit that Shameless and The Office were / are very good, but more often than not the shows generally suck.

  4. Is this the TV show ‘Episodes’ coming to life? Wow….. How cool would it be if the plot of your favorite TV show became real?………

    To the “Open Discussion” page!!!!!

  5. Gavin and Stacey was popular in the uk because rather than focusing on a plot based story it was more of a slice of life stories and some of the characters talking,mannerisms or even accents were similar to what you will encounter in England and Wales. Take an example of the episode where the family was ordering curry which is difficult to translate for a us audience

  6. The first season works really well as a rom-com and tells a complete story. Worth a watch if you haven’t seen it. I see a us adaptation being a very loose interpretation of the story so there’s probably some merit to them having a go.

  7. I didn’t even really like the UK one. James Cordon and Rob Brydon were hilarious, but they’re hilarious in everything they do soooo… and since all US adaptions of UK shows end up being terrible (The Office excluded), I think this won’t be successful either.

  8. Thats been in the rumour mill for a few years now since the series finished in the UK. If the same cultural differences between an Essex boy and Welsh girl can be translated it may just about work.. Otherwise it will end up like that US version of Fawlty Towers which used none of the original ideas and might as well have been a new programme not based on anything else.

    Comedy that cannot be re-made would be Father Ted, Alan Partridge and Fresh Meat which are just to British to work. It would be like trying to do a UK version of Cheers and Frasier for me.

  9. This is truly sad news. I love the best of British stuff and the best of the American stuff. TV or movie. How about coming up with something original rather than try and copy each other? Can’t stop, I’m off fishing with Uncle Bryn.

  10. IT’S A TRAP!!!!