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All The Gavin & Stacey Characters Are Named After Serial Killers And We Are Shook

Ciara Sheppard

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All The Gavin & Stacey Characters Are Named After Serial Killers And We Are Shook

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There's nothing like discovering a hidden detail in a TV show to make you wonder if you were ever paying attention at all. And fans have just discovered a BIG one from Gavin & Stacey.

Did you notice that all of the families are named after infamous serial killers?

As a decidedly dark bit of humour, show writers James Corden and Ruth Jones named the characters after notorious serial killers: Fred and Rose West, Peter Sutcliffe, and Harold Shipman.

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Gavin's family, the Shipmans, are named after named after Harold Shipman, a GP who was convicted of murdering 15 of his patients in 2000; Stacey's family, the Wests, are named after Fred and Rose West, the Glouchester-based serial killing coupe; and Peter and Dawn Sutcliffe, the Shipman's friends, who are named after Yorkshire-ripper Peter Sutcliffe.

We're finally in on the joke just in time for the Christmas special, due to air on Christmas day this year.

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"Only just realised that all the last names of characters from Gavin and Stacey are the same as serial killers," said one surprised Twitter user.

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One baffled user wrote: "Wtf all the family's second names in gavin and Stacey are the same as serial killers, west, sutcliffe, shipman [sic] #mindblown."

Another said: "The best joke in gavin & stacey [sic] is that the two families are called the shipmans and the wests, nothing cracks me up like serial killer humour."

"But there were a few clever clogs that worked it out way back when the show originally aired. On 24th December 2008, Dan Dineen tweeted: "Has no one else noticed that every family in Gavin & Stacey has the surname of a famous serial killer?"

So there it is - now you know! And if you already knew, have a pat on the back.

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The news of a Christmas Special was announced by James Corden on his Twitter in May. In a press release, show writers James and Ruth were quoted as saying: "Over the last ten years we've talked a lot about Gavin and Stacey - where they might be today and what their lives might look like.

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"And so in secret we took the plunge and wrote this one hour special. We've loved revisiting Barry and Essex again and bringing the characters back together has been a joy.

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"We're so excited to get the chance to work with our fabulous cast and crew once more and to give fans of the show a festive treat this Christmas. Thank you BBC for helping to make this happen."


Topics: Entertainment News, BBC, TV & Film, gavin and stacey

Ciara Sheppard
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