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Gavin And Stacey is back! James Corden reveals sitcom will RETURN

Gavin And Stacey is back! James Corden reveals beloved sitcom will RETURN for a Christmas special nine years on

  • The BBC sitcom will return for a one-off hour long special in December 
  • Gavin & Stacey starred Mathew Horne and Joanna Page as a boy from Essex and girl from Barry Island in Wales who fell in love after meeting online 
  • The show was created by James Corden and Ruth Jones
  • It concluded in 2010 after three seasons and two Christmas specials  

Gavin & Stacey is returning to television screens with a brand new episode, nine years after the show concluded on BBC One. 

After years of requests from fans, the beloved sitcom, which starred Mathew Horne and Joanna Page, will return later this year for a Christmas Special. 

James Corden, who created the sitcom alongside Ruth Jones, made the announcement in a Twitter statement on Tuesday, sharing a picture of the new script. 

It’s back: Gavin & Stacey is returning to television screens with a brand new episode, nine years after the show concluded on BBC One (pictured in a 2007 show still) 

He said: ‘Ruth Jones and I have been keeping this secret for a while… We’re excited to share it with you. See you on Christmas Day ⁦@BBCOne⁩ #GavinandStacey.’ 

While in a joint statement, creators Ruth and James said:  ‘Over the last 10 years we’ve talked a lot about Gavin and Stacey – where they might be today and what their lives might look like.

‘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.

‘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.’ 

Reunited: After years of requests from fans, the beloved sitcom, which starred Mathew Horne and Joanna Page, will return later this year for a Christmas Special (pictured in a 2007 show still) 

A Christmas miracle: James Corden , who created the sitcom alongside Ruth Jones, made the announcement in a Twitter statement on Tuesday, sharing a picture of the new script

Actor Larry Lamb, who plays Gavin’s father Mick Shipman, also took to Twitter to share his excitement as he tweeted: ‘So it’s official…G&S rides again .. we’re doing a 2019 Christmas special ….a treat for the millions of you who’ve waited so patiently… love to you all ..and Happy Christmas!!!! X.’

He also shared James’ tweet, adding: ‘Absolutely delighted to be able to share this little secret at last !! X.

‘…and try not being able to let this little secret out of the bag since smiffie called from LA about two months ago … I’m going to get a lot of grief from some very dear friends !!! But anyway…..’ 

Sharing his thoughts: Actor Larry Lamb, who plays Gavin’s father Mick Shipman (pictured in character, right), also took to Twitter to share his excitement

Sweet: He also shared James’ tweet, adding: ‘Absolutely delighted to be able to share this little secret at last !! X.’ 

While Rob Brydon, who plays Stacey’s uncle Bryn, also shared James’ tweet as he added: ‘SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!!!!!!!’      

Gavin & Stacey broadcast over three series (plus a Christmas special) from 2007 to 2010 on the BBC. 

The show’s 2010 New Year’s Day finale had record ratings for the series with 10.25M viewers. 

Uncle Bryn: While Rob Brydon, who plays Stacey’s uncle Bryn, also shared James’ tweet as he added: ‘SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!!!!!!!’

The sitcom followed the story of Gavin (Mathew Horne), an ordinary boy from Essex in England and Stacey (Joanna Page), an ordinary girl from Barry in Wales, who spoke on the phone every day at work, they finally met, fell in love and got married. 

The pair were joined by best friends Nessa (Ruth Jones) and Smithy (James Corden) as they navigated the trials and tribulations of marriage. 

The beloved series also starred Rob Brydon as Bryn (Stacey’s uncle) and Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman as Mick and Pam, Gavin’s parents, with all the characters making a comeback for the special episode. 

Creators: He said: ‘Ruth Jones and I have been keeping this secret for a while… We’re excited to share it with you. See you on Christmas Day ⁦@BBCOne⁩ #GavinandStacey.’ (pictured in 2008) 

Gavin & Stacey also featured flirtatious pensioner, Doris, with actress Margaret John tragically passing in 2011 aged 84 after a short illness. 

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said about the announcement: ‘Everyone at the BBC is hugely excited to be welcoming back Gavin and Stacey to BBC One this Christmas.    

‘We can’t wait to see what’s happened to everyone over the last nine years, and what’s next for one of the nation’s favourite comedy families.’ 

During an interview in April 2018, Ruth told Lorraine Kelly that she and James, most famous for playing Smithy and Nessa on the show, enjoyed reminiscing about where the character’s would be now, giving hope that they could bring the show back.

Legendary: Ruth, 51, told Lorraine Kelly, 58, in a previous interview that the pair, most famous for playing Smithy and Nessa on the show, enjoyed reminiscing about where the character’s would be now, giving hope to fans that they could bring the show back

Ruth said: ‘James Corden and I were talking about the characters and we said we think Neil, [the baby], is about 11-years-old… Nessa is training him down the slots. 

‘She’s training him in the art of the dodgy grabber machine and how to weight the two pences.’    

Lorraine said: ‘We did a thing where we looked what he might look like now,’ as she showed a mocked up image of Neil.

Ruth noted: ‘There’s a bit of James Corden in there. I think you should add a few earrings, and maybe a tattoo on his forehead.’ 

Parents: The beloved series also starred Rob Brydon as Bryn (Stacey’s uncle) and Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman as Mick and Pam, Gavin’s parents 

However, just weeks earlier, James had said that he couldn’t ‘imagine’ Gavin & Stacey returning as he wouldn’t want to ‘ruin something that means a lot to people’. 

Speaking to BANG Showbiz, he said: ‘It’s very flattering that you would still want such a thing. I can’t imagine that would be the case. 

‘I hope to work with Ruth again for sure. Whether that would be on Gavin and Stacey I really couldn’t say. 

‘We would be so conscious of trying not to ruin something that we know means a lot to people. But we would never say never.’ 

Further details will be announced in due course.

A love story: The sitcom followed the story of Gavin (Mathew Horne), an ordinary boy from Essex in England and Stacey (Joanna Page), an ordinary girl from Barry in Wales, who spoke on the phone every day at work, they finally met, fell in love and got married

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