When it comes to coming-of-age tales on TV, Bristol has Skins, Hackney has Top Boy, but what about those of us who grew up in sleepy market towns smack bang in the middle of the country?
When a new BBC Three comedy made its low-key debut in the spring of 2007, no one imagined that Gavin & Stacey would go on to become the comedic equivalent of a national treasure.
Despite its two writers’ utter lack of experience as screenwriters – James Corden and Ruth Jones had met as actors on Kay Mellor’s slimming club drama for ITV, Fat Friends – it soon became clear that here was a startlingly original show blessed by a group of fully realised characters, a script crackling with wit and an unusually brilliant cast.
The three-part series is set in the eponymous working-class market town in the East Midlands.
Morgana Robinson stars as the tired and truculent matriarch Maxine, who manages a local chip shop.
Maxine is trying to ride out her divorce and search for a new flame, but her dullard ex-husband Terry (Mathew Horne) is trying ever more desperately to win her back. Meanwhile her vulnerable son Leslie (Jai Hollis) has just come out as gay.
Creator and writer Nathan Foad (The Young Offenders) said: “Making Newark, Newark is my wildest dream come true.
To commemorate 50 years since the first broadcast of classic sitcom Dad’s Army, the three episodes lost from the BBC archive have been recreated for Gold.
The new episodes, written by David Croft and Jimmy Perry, continue from the original sitcom as bank manager-turned-squad leader Captain Mainwaring (Kevin R. McNally) takes command of a local group of Home Guards during the Second World War.