Britain is rejoicing this morning at the news that James Corden’s widely beloved pre-fame sitcom Gavin & Stacey will be returning to our screens later this year after a nine-year absence.
Corden revealed on twitter that he and series co-creator Ruth Jones have put together the script for a Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special that is set to air in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day this year.
This will be the first full new instalment of Gavin & Stacey since its New Year’s Day finale in 2010; a broadcast that attracted a staggering 10.25 million viewers across the UK.
The full original cast, which chronicled the long-distance relationship between the titular Gavin (from Essex) and Stacey (from Wales), is confirmed to return for the new Christmas episode. That includes Matthew Horne and Joanna Page, along with Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters, and Alison Steadman. Corden and Jones will also be reprising their cult favourite characters of “Smithy” and “Nessa” in the special.
In conjunction with the announcement, Corden and Jones issued a short statement through the BBC, asserting that they’ve “loved revisiting Barry and Essex again”, that “bringing the characters back together has been a joy”, and that they are “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”.