David Cameron has urged television bosses to make another series of Welsh comedy hit Gavin and Stacey as he revealed he was a "huge fan".

At a No 10 reception held to mark St David's Day, the Prime Minister joked that it was "tidy" to have series star Joanna Page among the guests but pleaded "we need more episodes".

Mr Cameron, who later "bowed down" before the actress, said: "I'm a huge fan. Like all sitcoms in the United Kingdom it was much too short, we need more episodes.

"It's an absolutely fantastic piece of work and gave pleasure to absolutely millions."

The PM also heaped praise on the Welsh rugby team but added that like captain Sam Warburton, who was sent off in the world cup semi-finals against France, he had "had a bit of a run-in with the French recently".

He told guests Downing Street had become a "Welsh outpost" for the evening after a faulty flag pole meant the Union Jack was taken down in favour of the Red Dragon.

But he dashed hopes of Welsh pleas for St David's Day to be turned into a bank holiday, blaming Chancellor George Osborne who does not like "anything that reduces GDP by even 0.01%".