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Series 3 - Episode 5
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Ultimately there's a good reason this show is called
and not, I don't know, Greetings from Pontyberry or some such. The ensemble are like a family we love seeing once a week, but the heart of the show is always Ruth Jones's creation. Her hopes and feelings are ours.
So this series is easy and uplifting because this year's upward-looking, bright blonde Stella is on form. This week, she and next-door neighbour Michael (Patrick Baladi) move closer, a slow courtship we'll be content to watch unfurl. It starts when she slams his fingers in his car bonnet.
Tonight's comic set piece is a Brenda's Buses trip to a nightclub, featuring two celebrity cameos: X Factor/Big Brother star Rylan Clark, and his teeth.
The nurse's professional skills are tested when she accidentally shuts Michael's hand in his car bonnet, although with her hormones raging, it remains to be seen how much longer she can avoid throwing herself at him. A girls' night out to see TV star Rylan Clark spells trouble for Emma when she continues to fool around with Marcus, Luke has a big question for Zoe and Big Alan asks Celia out for dinner.
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Full Episode Guide
Ruth Jones on the end of Stella: "I shed a few tears but it's a cracker of a finale"
Jones says it’s been an emotional goodbye for her comedy drama – but “it’s time to let Pontyberry get on with life in private”
Stella bids an emotional farewell with a satisfying, beautifully structured finale
The last ever episode of Ruth Jones's Stella had fans in floods of tears
Keeping up with Ruth Jones: the Stella creator on comedy, James Corden and her farewell to Pontyberry
Sky comedy boss wants more episodes of Steve Coogan shows The Trip and Mid Morning Matters
What to expect from the Stella Christmas special
Stella and The Railway Children actress Deddie Davies has died
Sky entertainment boss Stuart Murphy quits
Meet the cast of Doctor Who Before the Flood
20 questions with Nigel Farage
Lenny Henry, Anthony Andrews and Elizabeth Berrington to star in series three of The Syndicate
Ruth Jones: Stella is not finishing after four series