It’s happening! The Gavin and Stacey reunion is officially happening!
James Corden and Ruth Jones have confirmed that the Billericay/Barry Island gang will be reuniting for a Christmas special this year.
Fans of the much-loved UK sitcom have been begging the team to make a comeback ever since they were last seen on our screens nine years ago, and James confirmed the news on Twitter this morning.
Posting a picture of the script, he wrote: ‘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.’
In joint statement on the show’s return, Ruth and James said: ‘Over the last ten 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,’ they added.
No more details have been revealed yet regarding the Christmas special – though a couple of the show’s stars have confirmed they’ll be making a comeback.
Joanna Page, who plays the titular Stacey, confirmed her involvement with a retweet of James’ message, while Larry Lamb, who plays Gavin’s dad Mick, wrote online: ‘Yup It is finally occurrin’!! Xxx’
‘The question will now be “where were you when you heard ?”..the question I’ve been asked for ten years is finally answered and all thoughts of having “I don’t know “ tattooed on my forehead happily abandoned… G&S !!,’ he added.
Larry Lamb, who plays Gavin’s dad Mick on the show, has previously hinted the whole cast would be up for a reunion if offered.
‘I don’t think anybody that was in it would ever say no to it,’ Larry said. ‘I think it’s highly unlikely that they’ll ever make another television series of Gavin and Stacey.
‘I think it’s a distinct possibility that one day, they might make a film, that’s it.’
The show was last seen on our screen on New Year’s Day in 2010 – bringing to an end a three-series run (and a Christmas special) as one of the BBC’s most loved sitcoms.
Despite James’s now hugely successful US talk show career, talks of a reunion have continued, and last year Ruth Jones, who plays the bolshy Nessa, hinted that they were in discussion for the show to make a return.
Some fans have even kept the show’s legacy enduring with the help of questionable tattoos of long-winded Indian takeaway orders.
With the future of Smithy and Nessa’s relationship left with a big question mark at the end of series three, the Essex lads’ both moving to Barry Island, the fishing trip still remaining a mystery and Pam always up for the drama – you just know that this is going to be one epic ride.
Gavin and Stacey: Christmas special will air on Christmas Day.
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