HIT BBC show Gavin and Stacey was seen by more than 11.6 million viewers on Christmas night and Nessa, played by RNLI supporter Ruth Jones, gave Barry Dock RNLI a special mention.

The mention came as Nessa announced on the Christmas special that she was on duty for the lifeboat this New Year's Eve.

The series, filmed around Barry and Barry Island, is a favourite of the town’s volunteer lifeboat crew.

As families sat down to watch the show, plans were in place for the Barry Dock RNLI volunteer crew to be available to respond to their pagers at a moments notice.

A selfless action to leave their family and friends to help others in difficulty.

Ruth, who has family connections to Porthcawl Lifeboat Station and is a RNLI supporter, has helped the charity by hosting fundraising events in the past.

As the charity faces the perfect storm where lifeboats are busier than ever, people are still drowning and the money needed to run the lifesaving charity doesn't match the donations received each year, the support of Ms Jones is invaluable.

Although Nessa's mention of her duty at the station this New Years' Eve was tongue in cheek, the Barry Dock crew will be on call.

Like all 238 other stations situated around the coast of the UK and Ireland, the RNLI is supported by volunteer crews and are ready to respond to the call this festive period.