The first new series episode to air on BBC One posted a strong showing – 5.63 million viewers (or 22.3%). However, it did fail to top last year’s BBC One Christmas special (6.76 million).
The award-laden sitcom settled into its flagship home straight away. It’s always belied its BBC Three origins anyway. The fresh-faced titular lovebirds and a prominent pop music soundtrack have given it the sheen of “yoof”, but it’s actually a sweetly old-fashioned comedy of manners.
As for the humour, it seemed as good as ever. There were several laugh-out-loud moments yesterday.
Once again, Gavin & Stacey proved it may not be ground-breaking but does have broad appeal. It boasted characters of all ages, an ear for domestic dialogue reminiscent of The Royle Family and a script stuffed with quotable catchphrases (“What’s occurring?”, “tidy”, “lush” and “Gav-lar!” were all back). Best of all, it delivered big laughs before leaving you with a fuzzy glow. It belonged on BBC One. The boy and girl have done good.”
Digital Spy; “Gavin & Stacey makes strong return;” French, Dan; 30 Nov 2009
The Telegraph; “Gavin & Stacey, BBC One review;” Hogan, Michael; 30 Nov 2009