Stella (UK TV series)
|Created by||Ruth Jones|
|Written by||Ruth Jones|
|Directed by||Sandy Johnson|
|Opening theme||"And Then She Smiles" by the Mock Turtles|
Simon H Jones
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||6 (+ 2 Specials)|
|No. of episodes||58 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Barry Lynch|
|Running time||60 minutes (inc. adverts)|
90 minutes (inc. adverts)
(2014 Special & 2016 Special)
70 minutes (inc. adverts)
|Production company(s)||Tidy Productions|
|Original network||Sky 1|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i HDTV)|
|Original release||6 January 2012 –|
18 October 2017
Stella was a British comedy-drama which aired on Sky 1 and was created and written by David Peet and Ruth Jones, who played the lead role of Stella. The series was largely filmed in Ferndale in the Rhondda Valley in Wales. Various celebrities made guest appearances as themselves in some episodes. A Christmas special aired on 23 December 2016.
The sixth and final series began on 13 September 2017 and ended on 18 October 2017.
The series is set in the fictional village of Pontyberry in the South Wales Valleys. Stella is a 40-something single mum who earns a living doing the locals' ironing. Most of the time, she's relatively happy with life as she juggles the ups and downs of her family, amid the chaos of her eccentric friends, relatives and children's fathers. Her brood consists of eldest son Luke, who starts the series in prison as a consequence of stealing five cars and a lorry; 16-year-old Emma who's smitten with her first love Sunil; and 12-year-old Ben.
Then there's Stella's best friend, sister-in-law Paula, a functioning alcoholic funeral director. Stella's not-too-bright ex-husband Karl who's now seeing 28-year-old Nadine; not forgetting lollipop man and youth rugby coach Alan, an old school friend of Stella's who's been in love with her since 1984. Finally there's Stella's brother Dai who is an ex-serviceman injured on duty. He doesn't work now but is always willing to help out while enjoying an exciting sex life with his wife Paula.
A running joke of the series is the Daddy character played by Howell Evans who only speaks in an unfathomable language, yet everyone in the village is able to understand him but outsiders cannot. However, Daddy appears in the choir scenes where he appears to sing the same words as the rest of the choir members. In episode 2.7 Ashley Banjo thinks Daddy is speaking Welsh but Paula says Daddy does not speak Welsh. However, in episode 2.10 Aunty Brenda says Daddy can speak Welsh and Punjabi.
A number of main cast members did not return after the second series and exited off screen. Consequently, new cast members were added for the third series.
Catrin Stewart did not return as Emma in the fourth series having departed on screen in the Christmas special but returned in episodes 9 and 10 in Series 5 and the final episode of series 6. Several other cast members also did not return.
In Series 4 Episode 7 Elizabeth Berrington returned as Paula Kosh after having not appeared since Series 2, however her return was only temporary, she departed in Episode 8. She also returned in episodes 7 and 8 of Series 5, because of Daddy's death. She also appeared on the final episode.
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Stella is a warm, funny, down-to-earth family saga starring Ruth Jones in the titular role as a mum juggling the demands of life, love and the next door neighbour's donkey. Stella is a 40-something mum who earns a living doing the locals' washing and ironing. And, most of the time, she's relatively happy with life as she juggles the ups and downs of her family, amid the chaos of her eccentric friends, relatives and children's fathers. Her brood consists of eldest son Luke, a lovely boy who starts the series in prison; beautiful 16-year-old Emma who's smitten with her first love Sunil; the brains of the family 12-year-old Ben and their dog Banjo.
Then there's Stella's best friend Paula, a functioning alcoholic funeral director. Stella's not-too-bright ex-husband Karl who's now seeing 28-year-old Nadine; not forgetting lollipop man and youth rugby coach Alan, an old school friend of Stella's who's been in love with her since 1984. Finally there's Stella's brother Dai who is an ex-serviceman injured on duty. He doesn't work now but is always willing to help out while enjoying an exciting sex life with his wife. Stella's life isn't straightforward. Bagging toy boy Sean and son Luke's release from prison indicated that things were on an upward turn in the first run, but teenage daughter Emma's pregnancy and the untimely return of Stella's first love Rob soon knocked the family off balance. In the last episode, Luke revealed he was emigrating to Canada, although Stella stole the show by confessing to Emma that she was pregnant - but didn't know if Rob or Sean was the father.
Series two joins Stella and Sean preparing for their new arrival, while Emma and Sunil adjust to married life. Domestic bliss looks doubtful for both, however, as Rob's business dealings bring him back to Pontyberry and Sunil enrols at a brainy (and boozy) medical school. Elsewhere, Dai begins work at the funeral home with wife Paula, creating untoward problems for the usually adventurous couple. Catch up with lollipop man Alan too, who experiences a run of bad luck when his crossing is replaced by traffic lights. Karl and Nadine's new salon Tantastic Bodies, meanwhile, promises to make the town "browner and beefier", and they've already got a potential client in Aunty Brenda, a new arrival from Tenerife armed with bags of insults and an appetite to offend.
English lawyer Michael Jackson moves to the house next door to Stella after an acrimonious divorce has caused him to downsize his lifestyle. As he tries to adjust to valley life he soon becomes inextricably linked to Stella's household. When we left Pontyberry at the end of Series 2 Stella had made the life changing decision not to go to Canada with Rob. She also parted ways with Sean and he emigrated to Australia with his new love. As the story picks up for series 3 will Stella have entirely given up on men? Or could new neighbour Michael become the new apple of her eye?
|Ruth Jones||Stella Morris/Jackson||2012–2017|
|Craig Gallivan||Luke Morgan||2012–2017||Eldest son of Stella|
|Catrin Stewart||Emma Morris/Choudary||2012–2014, 2016, 2017||Daughter of Stella|
|Justin Davies||Ben Morris||2012–2017||Youngest son of Stella|
|Patrick Baladi||Michael Jackson||2014–2017||Boyfriend/Husband of Stella|
|Elizabeth Berrington||Paula Kosh/Simpson||2012–2013, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Karen Paullada||Nadine Bevan||2012–2017|
|Aled Pugh||Bobby Gittins||2012–2017|
|Daniel Gammond||Little Alan||2012–2017|
|Maxine Evans||Rhian Evans||2012–2017|
|Mark Lewis Jones||Rob Morgan||2012–2013, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Russell Gomer||Yanto Beed||2012–2017|
|Dafydd Hywel||Glen Brennig||2012–2017|
|Pal Aron||Jagadeesh Choudary||2012–2014, 2016–2017|
|Michael Elwyn||Ken, Stella's father||2012, 2017|
|Piers Ahia||Billy||2013, 2017|
|Di Botcher||Aunty Brenda Draper||2013–2017|
|Clare Hingot||Cheryl Spragg||2014–2017|
|Remy Beasley||Beyonce Evans||2015–2017|
|Gillian Elisa||Nanna Pat||2015–2017|
|Olwen Rees||Olwen Kosh / Nanna Kosh||2017|
|Darren Day||Will Morgan||2017|
|Tilly Blackwood||Jan Jackson||2014, 2017|
|Julian Lewis Jones||Karl Morris||2012–2016|
|Taj Atwal||Jasminder Choudary||2012–2013, 2016|
|Wayne Cater||George the Butcher||2012–2016|
|Maggie Steed||Meg, Stella's mother||2012|
|Owen Teale||Dai Kosh||2012–2013|
|Kenny Doughty||Sean McGaskill||2012–2013|
|Beth Robert||Mrs. Barclay||2012–2013|
|Menna Trussler||Bopa Boyce||2012–2013|
|Donna Edwards||Mo the Bap||2012–2013|
|Andy Linden||Big Rae||2012–2013|
|Sudha Bhuchar||Tanisha Choudary||2012–2014|
|Deddie Davies||Marj Brennig||2012, 2014–2016|
|Katie Elin-Salt||Amy Edwards||2012, 2014|
|Rory Girvan||Sunil Choudary||2012–2013, 2014|
|Steve Speirs||Alan Williams||2012–2015|
|Anthony O'Donnell||Dai Davies||2012–2015|
|Howell Evans||Daddy Simpson||2012–2015|
|Michelle McTernan||WPC Jane Glover||2012–2014, 2015|
|Paul Kaye||Peschman Hodd||2013|
|Howell Evans||Uncle Huw Simpson||2013|
|Gareth Pierce||Lenny Mack||2013–2014|
|James Thornton||Marcus Jensen||2014|
|Denise Gough||Collette Jensen||2014|
|Ian Lavender||Keith Jackson||2014|
|Keith Barron||The Captain||2014|
|Martha Mackintosh||Katie Jackson||2014–2016|
|Emma Rydal||Celia Braxton||2014–2016|
|Celyn Jones||Brother Alan||2014–2015|
|Vern Griffiths||Dewi Phillips||2015|
|Ramon Tikaram||Mr. Jeffrey Honey||2015|
|Jamie Lomas||Dan Braxton||2015|
|Richard Elfyn||Iwan Jenkins||2015|
|Wynne Evans||Dafydd Sanchez||2015|
|Leona Vaughan||Cerys Ferris||2015–2016|
|Tony Gardner||Ivan Schloss||2016|
|Ruth Madoc||Mayor Mary Meyer||2016|
|Richard Harrington||Ian Meyer||2016|
|Andy Fairweather Low||Himself||2016|
|Clive Russell||Uncle Clem Draper||2016|
The complete first series of Stella was released on DVD on 12 March 2012.
The complete second series of Stella was released on DVD on 18 March 2013.
The complete third series of Stella was released on DVD on 31 March 2014.
The complete fourth series and the 2014 Christmas Special of Stella was released on DVD on 13 April 2015.
The complete fifth series of Stella was released on DVD on 21 March 2016. A series 1-5 boxset was also released.
- Stella filmed in Ferndale
- "Stella 2016 Christmas special filming in Barry Island".
- "Stella - Series 1 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "Stella - Series 2 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "Stella - Series 3 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "Stella - Series 4 + 2014 Christmas Special [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2015.