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Everything We Know About The 'Gavin & Stacey' Christmas Special

Ciara Sheppard

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Everything We Know About The 'Gavin & Stacey' Christmas Special

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Yeah, time off work, family bonding and gifts are great and all, but undoubtedly the best thing about Christmas 2019 will be the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special.

In May, James Corden confirmed the hit British sitcom - which ran for three seasons between 2007 and 2010 - was returning for a one-off festive special, and excitement ensued.

"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," the 41-year-old tweeted at the time.

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In a 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."

They added: "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."

Here's everything we know about the return of the Barry Island crew.

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When is it back?

Christmas, duh! The one-hour special will air on BBC One, but we haven't been told what time yet. Buzz-ing.

What characters are returning?

Good news: It looks as if all of our favourite characters from the original series will be up for returning for this one-off special as well.

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The BBC announced that Matthew Horne and Joanna Page will (obviously) be back as the title characters.

Corden and Jones are back too, naturally. They also said that Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Waters, and Alison Steadman are to return. That's pretty much a full house.

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What will the special be about?

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Going off Corden's statement, the special will delve into the character's lives eight years since the they were last on our screens.

The show - in case you've forgotten - tells the story of Gavin, a lad from Essex, and his relationship with Stacey from Wales. Hilarity ensues when the two families meet.

James Corden on the set of the Christmas special in July. (Credit: PA)
James Corden on the set of the Christmas special in July. (Credit: PA)

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said of the show: "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."

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The sitcom ran from 2007 to 2010 and enjoyed huge success throughout the original run. When the show concluded on New Year's Day 2010 it managed to attract a record 10.25m viewers on BBC One.

Joanna Page and Ruth Jones on set of the Christmas special in July. (Credit: PA)
Joanna Page and Ruth Jones on set of the Christmas special in July. (Credit: PA)

Come soon Christmas!

Topics: TV and Film, gavin and stacey, TV Entertainment

Ciara Sheppard
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