Fox adapting BBC series

Gavin and Stacey

Even with a spotty track record of success in bringing British programs stateside, networks keep trying. The latest victim...err...series that is being adapted for American consumption is the BBC's Gavin & Stacey, which received a script order from Fox. The comedy show focuses on a couple that tries to maintain their long-distance relationship. Fox's reboot will focus on the major life moments of the title characters, Gavin and Stacey, while maintaining their relationship. 

Making matters more difficult are their difficult families. Ain't that always the way it is?

James Corden and Ruth Jones, the original series creators, writers and co-stars, are on board to executive produce along with their former executive producer Henry Normal. David Rosen (MTV's I Just Want My Pants Back) is attached to write it, while BBC Worldwide Productions' Jane Tranter and Julie Gardener will executive produce the program for Sony Pictures Television.

The original series was a digital-only broadcast on BBC Three at first, but gained an audience and eventually worked its way up to BBC One. It ran for three seasons and a Christmas special.

ABC tried to adapt the series in 2009, but it did not work out.

What do you think? There is not a lot of news about it at this point, but did anyone see the original? Could it work over here?


- Gavin And Stacey
- BBC one

Written by: Hamatosan
Oct 16th, 2012, 5:27 pm


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Message Posted On Oct 17th, 2012, 8:19 am

There seems to be a fundamental shift in how the US does business: rather than taking risks and developing something, it is considered good business practice for big companies to just let somebody else do it, and then buy them out or imitate them. It is short sighted, since as more and more business do it, we end up with a culture of imitators rehashing the same concepts and miss out on many opportunities that come from having access to the source materials.

Importing TV shows from Canada,  the UK, and Australia seems to be a growing trend. The logic is to let these markets innovate and take risks. The problem is that these transplants not always work in the US market (Coupling anyone?) or end up being as edgy and risky as the original show (and end up with a limited marketshare in the US).


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Message Posted On Oct 17th, 2012, 3:34 am

Wait, Alphas is based on a British show?  Is it called the same like the others?  I'd never heard of that British show.


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Message Posted On Oct 16th, 2012, 11:28 pm

REALLY? An american network ripping off BBC? Never heard that before. (The Office, Alphas, Being Human, Shameless... the list goes on.)

I'm American - How about we come up with some decent scripted shows that arnt ripoffs or direct ripoffs of another network.

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