"Gavin & Stacey" is a British sitcom about an Essex boy who falls in love with a Welsh girl. It follows the key milestones in the lives of Gavin Shipman (Mathew Horne) and Stacey West (Joanna Page) as they meet for the first time, spend time with each other's families, get married and try to settle down. It also follows the contrasting relationship of Gavin's best friend Smithy (James Corden) and Stacey's close friend Nessa (Ruth Jones). Smithy and Nessa dislike each other but it doesn't stop them having a number of one-night stands. Further complications arise when Nessa has Smithy's baby and becomes engaged to another man. The supporting cast includes Gavin's parents Mick (Larry Lamb) and Pamela (Alison Steadman), and Stacey's Uncle Bryn (Rob Brydon) and mother Gwen (Melanie Walters). Written by Corden and Jones, the series premiered on BBC Three in 2007. As its popularity grew, it became a mainstream success on BBC One and ran for three series.