Though 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.