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Appropriately for Horne, that involves collaboration. Things are in progress.
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Exciting projects are afoot, but yet to be announced. What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
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Who or what was your biggest influence? Do you have any theatrical superstitions or rituals? Horne loved doing the stage show first time around. She was quite reluctant, but I said: He seems genuinely contented with where he is right now.
At the Edinburgh Festival inhe was spotted by comedienne Catherine Tate, who brought him aboard her eponymous show. Gavin and Stacey worked because, like most great sitcoms, it fed upon matters that were not inherently funny — class, insecurity, the strains of friendship, isolation, the siege mentality of the white working class, the South East v The Rest of the Country divide — and treated them with kindness, insight and humour. From nowhere, the show took off, drawing an audience of more than seven million to last year's Christmas special, and in its first season won the Bafta award for best new TV comedy, followed last year by the outright best comedy award.
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It was at this point, that things started to go wrong. Having picked up two Baftas, Corden, flushed and cocky, berated the judges for not giving the show a third.
From the good heart that had served Gavin and Stacey so well burst what looked like a display of petulance and egotism.
The critics didn't like what they saw: Corden, observed one, had gone from being that "likeable chubby fella off Gavin and Stacey to a fat git, with a laugh like a neutered howler monkey. To be fair, it is one he is willing to address.
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The overdue arrival of celebrity, he says, sent him "a bit mental". He partied with Noel Gallagher, went to the football with Russell Brand, dropped ungallant hints about a relationship with Lily Allen.
What happened to quality control?
Didn't anyone think, 'We need to get in some writers'? It's a shame because I like them both. They are very good actors. Keith Watson from Metro said that: Corden does a very sharp Ricky Gervais and the pair of them combining as dancing magic act Jonny Lee Miller stretched things into the surreal.
But they need to get over the need to whip each others' kits off.
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Come on, guys, get a room. And, though it would be ridiculously early to write it off, it was worrying that their opener should have been so reliant on material that struck you as a bit end-of-term-revue in character.