'Gavin And Stacey' To Return To Primetime BBC To Help Us Through Coronavirus Lockdown
Even in the most desperate, miserable times, everyone needs to smile. And what's better than a smile? A good old hearty laugh that makes us forget those desperate, miserable times.
That's why, starting on April 4, the BBC is bringing a comedy takeover to our screens on Saturday evenings that will include James Corden's iconic series Gavin And Stacey and family favourite sitcom Outnumbered. Peter Kay's Car Share will also be screened on Friday nights.
Not only that, but the public broadcaster has promised that two new comedy shows will be shown on BBC Two. So even as the world seems to be collapsing around us, we'll be able to have a good chuckle.
Talking about their broadcasting decisions, BBC Director-General Tony Hall made the following statement: "The BBC is determined to do all it can to raise a smile and keep the country entertained during these testing times.
"We have lots of great shows already recorded, but we have also found
ways to keep many other shows going so that the familiar faces people
love will still be in their living rooms in the weeks and months ahead. I
think that is incredibly important.
"The BBC will also deliver a range of virtual events to replace some of those that have now had to be cancelled."
A number of big events that were set to be aired on the BBC have now been cancelled - including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest and Glastonbury Festival's 50th anniversary weekend in June - while TV and film productions have all been forced to shut down because of the global pandemic.
It all means that the BBC - and other stations - have had to find other ways to fill those gaps in the schedule. But Tony Hall is keeping his chin up, in the hopes that the rest of nation will do the same.
He said: "We can all still have a Eurovision moment, even if it is different from the past. Our pledge is offer the best escapism, fun and distraction we can, alongside the news and information everyone needs."
And if Gavin And Stacey doesn't float your boat, there's always BBC iPlayer. And Netflix. And All4. And ITVHub. Or a book. the options are almost infinite. Good thing, too - we're going to need them.
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