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Actor's tortoise to star in promo

Ruth Jones and her tortoise
Ruth Jones put up posters after her tortoise went missing

Gavin and Stacey star Ruth Jones will be fighting for screen time in her next TV trail - with her pet tortoise Tom.

The 55-year-old pet grabbed the headlines recently after he escaped death at a Cardiff recycling plant.

Tom escaped from Ms Jones's home in a recycling bag and survived rotating spikes and a glass crusher before being plucked to safety by a council worker.

Now Tom will appear with Ms Jones in a BBC Wales TV promo to advertise her new Sunday morning show on Radio Wales.

The BAFTA-award winning actress and writer, best known as Nessa in the BBC hit show Gavin and Stacey which she co-created with James Corden, will kick off the first Ruth Jones's Sunday Brunch programme on Radio Wales from Sunday 5 October.

The promotional trail, which will run on BBC One and BBC Two Wales from 29 September evening, features Ruth sitting in the kitchen reading a letter from BBC Radio Wales offering her a weekly Sunday morning show on the station.

I'd like to stress that no tortoises were hurt in the filming of the trail
Phillip Moss, BBC Wales

While she ponders the offer, Tom in the background tumbles from the counter into the recycling.

"Tom is already a bit of a celebrity in his own right, thanks to the remarkable story of his dramatic 11th hour rescue," said BBC Wales Head of Promotions Phillip Moss.

"On screen he was a natural. I'd like to stress that no tortoises were hurt in the filming of the trail."

The award-winning TV comedy actress and her husband who live in Penylan, Cardiff, spent weeks searching for Tom and had put up posters.

He was on the run for five weeks and had spent a month in the dump before being spotted on a conveyor belt in the recycling depot.

Ms Jones's two hour show, which will run for 12 weeks, will feature celebrity guests and callers, chat and comedy. Ms Jones will also be choosing all the records played.

Her Gavin and Stacey co-star Joanna Page will join her live in the studio in her first show on 5 October.

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