Stella

Series 2 - Episode 6

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

Nudging over the halfway point of the series, Stella has a handful of timebombs ticking away, among them: Alan’s ex waltzing back to the Valleys to ruin lives like Alexis in Dynasty; Luke flirting with the girlfriend of monstrous ex-con Lennie; and “Midlife Crisis” Paula being inexplicably allowed to babysit (“He’s too young for cheeseburger, in’ he?”). It’s an almost perfect mix of sweet, sour and funny (a Bobby and Stella two-hander in the undertaker’s manages to be all three).

But isn’t it time fortune started to smile on downtrodden, cuckolded Alan (Steve Speirs)? He even gets hit on the head with a rugby ball. Three times. Still, he’s given the best speech tonight – about community, in many ways the show’s party manifesto – and the finest punchline.

About this programme

6/10. After the disastrous school reunion, Stella tries to forget her drunken misdemeanours by working at the undertakers, but there's nowhere to hide when she accidentally interrupts a moment of passion between Rob and Melissa. Alan discovers the rugby club is falling into the hands of a property development company, so he plans an ambitious counter-attack, while Paula offers to babysit Emma's son - only to lose the child on the way to his naming ceremony.

Cast and crew

Cast

Stella
Ruth Jones
Sean
Kenny Doughty
Emma
Catrin Stewart
Rob
Mark Lewis Jones
Luke
Craig Gallivan
Ben
Justin Davis
Dai
Owen Teale
Paula
Elizabeth Berrington
Alan
Steve Speirs
Karl
Julian Lewis Jones
Nadine
Karen Paullada
Sunil
Rory Girvan
Bobby
Aled Pugh
Aunty Brenda
Di Botcher
Peschman
Paul Kaye
Categories
Drama

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