BACK FOR MORE Gavin and Stacey ‘returning’ after five years off screens in wake of record-breaking BBC Christmas special

GAVIN and Stacey will return for another Christmas special after five years off air, it has been reported.

The last outing of the beloved British comedy in 2019 was the most-watched show in a decade and was left on a cliffhanger.

Gavin and Stacey is said to be returning for a brand-new episode
Gavin and Stacey is said to be returning for a brand-new episodeCredit: BBC
The show last aired in 2019 with the one-off reunion episode breaking ratings records
The show last aired in 2019 with the one-off reunion episode breaking ratings recordsCredit: BBC

Now Deadline has reported that James Corden and Ruth Jones have secretly worked on a brand new episode.

The industry site says filming will begin this summer, with the majority of the main cast likely to return.

Other stars Matthew Horne and Joanna Page in the titular roles along with an ensemble cast including Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb and Julia Davis.

More than 18 million people tuned in to what was thought to be the sitcom’s final outing, which saw Nessa (Jones) propose to loveable Smithy (Corden).

But rumours of a reunion grew after James returned home to the UK after ending his eight-year-long tenure on The Late Late Show in the US.

It is reported that the series is in development/pre-production and will be produced by Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow, Jones’ Tidy Productions and Fulwell 73, which is co-owned by Corden.

Gavin and Stacey became a surprise hit when it first launched on the BBC in 2007 and became digital channel BBC Three's then-biggest hit.

Following mammoth ratings for the channel, it was moved to BBC One with the third and final full-length series taking centre stage as a prominent part of BBC One's 2010 New Year programming.

When the show's latest episode ended in 2019, fans were left convinced that another must be in the works as a result of the gripping cliffhanger.

After years of on-off romance and appearing to deny any feelings between one another, Nessa finally made the big move and asked Smithy to marry her.

Viewers were kept in the dark as to whether he said yes or no but it seems like the big question will FINALLY be answered when the new episode makes it to screens.

It is thought that the BBC will be hoping the return of the show at Christmas will see a surge in TV ratings after they failed to replicate the phenomenal success seen by the show in 2019.

Gavin and Stacey's Best Moments

With the news that the show is set to make an exciting return to screens, let's take a look at some of the comedy programme's biggest and best moments...

  • Smithy and Rudi's American Boy rap - No one will ever forget when James Corden and Sheridan Smith rapped perfectly word for word the Kanye West and Estelle hit American Boy as they walked across the car park on the phone to Gavin.
  • Pam's Vegetarian faux pas - Despite loving a cheesburger, Pam found herself caught up in a web of unexpected lies when she claimed to be Vegetarian. She is forced to keep up the secret throughout the entire show and uses hubby Mick to help her scoff meat. She is later rumbled when Stacey catches her in the act as she scoffs ham in the kitchen. Stacey says to her: “Is that ham, Pam!?… “I’ve seen you, Pam. A scotch egg here, a bit of bacon there, putting those regular sausages into the Linda McCartney box”.
  • THAT fishing trip - It remains one of the biggest mysteries in Gavin and Stacey history as to just exactly what did happen on the ill-fated fishing trip. Bryn appears to be hiding a secret as to an occurance between him and his nephew Jason which has left relations fractures. Ness' on-off boyfriend, Dave, is the only other person to know the whole truth. Bryn did appear to allude to him and Jason lying together naked to keep warm as he said to Dave: “We’re going to have this out, once and for all, man to man, you may know what happened, David, but you don’t know why it happened! It was freezing cold, it was! And when you are that cold…”
  • Islands in the Stream - No one can ever forget the classic Karaoke performance of Islands in the Stream. Nessa and Bryn performed the track in front of all their nearest and dearest. It saw the whole pub burst into some line-dancing as they enjoyed a boozy night out.
  • The Xmas special proposal - In 2019, fans were left overjoyed when the show made a comeback but it ended on the ultimate cliffhanger. Nessa asked Smithy if she would marry him as she finally laid bare her feelings for him. Fans were gutted as the show then cut straight to the credits as they never found out just how Smithy answered. Will all be revealed in the brand new episode? 
It became a breakout hit for the BBC in 2007
It became a breakout hit for the BBC in 2007Credit: Alamy
James Corden is co-writing the new episode with Matthew Horne expected to return
James Corden is co-writing the new episode with Matthew Horne expected to return

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