TCA: “Gavin & Stacey” makes an impression


The series won’t start until Aug. 26, but based on a handful of funny barbs from the panel, I’m looking forward to checking out the new BBC America sitcom “Gavin & Stacey.”

James Corden, in particular, who also starred in the Broadway version of “The History Boys,” is a hoot. In the midst of answering a question, he switched gears and blurted out, “I have to say it’s so weird sitting in a white sofa talking to a group of people checking their emails and going on Facebook.”

Corden plays nice guy Gavin’s best friend, Smithy, who loves both food and beer, and who becomes romantic with Stacey’s BFF, Nessa (Ruth Jones).The couple — who also write the series — had some great chemistry in both clips aired here and while fielding queries.

Already on the air in the U.K., the skein began on BBC3 a couple of seasons ago and has an upcoming Christmas special on the high-profile BBC1 this winter. And, like British import “The Office,” NBC is formatting “Gavin & Stacey” for U.S. auds.

It’s one to keep an eye on.

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