Season two of Gavin & Stacey begins with the happy couple returning from their honeymoon and moving in with Gavin’s parents (Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman) in Essex. At the same time the bomb has dropped that Nessa (Ruth Jones) is pregnant and Smithy (James Corden) is the father.
With the wedding out of the way, Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page) must adjust to their new everyday life. While not much has changed for Gavin, Stacey suddenly finds herself at loose ends with no job, nothing to do and separated from her family. This leads to strife between the couple and their families with lots of opportunities for humour.
Once again Nessa steals every scene she is in as she tries to balance Smithy reeling out of control at the news he is going to be a father with her new relationship with coach driver, Dave.
There is still a lot to laugh at in the second season of Gavin & Stacey with much of the humour coming from some utterly bonkers set pieces. These include Dawn (Julia Davis) and Pete (Adrian Scarborough) attempting a threesome, Mick finding a dead body and ending up on the news and Gwen’s (Melanie Waters) strange feud with a former friend.
All of that said, it’s not quite as funny as the first season. I think some of the “wow” factor goes from knowing the characters and their weird peccadillos and in many ways it feels like there is more filler and less killer. I also wonder why Corden felt like he needed to introduce his then girlfriend, Sheridan Smith as his sister, Rudi. The character is awful. Still a great quirky comedy but just not as much fun as season one.