“Gavin and Stacey” is making a comeback.
James Corden took to Twitter to confirm that he and co-writer Ruth Jones had been working on a secret Christmas Special 2019 script for a while.
The much-loved British sitcom, about a long-distance relationship between a girl from south Wales and a guy from Essex, last aired in the U.K. back in 2010.
Corden and Jones, who play Smithy and Nessa in the show, said in a joint statement: “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.”
They continued, according to the BBC: “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.”
Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, added: “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.”
Corden and Jones will be joined by leads Mathew Horne and Joanna Page, as well as the likes of Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman in the upcoming show.
Corden offered more details on the Christmas special in an interview with the Sunday Times.
“We owed it to the characters,” Corden says of why he and Jones decided to revisit the show.
“Let’s see what they’re doing. We wanted to see if there was something there, and for a while we weren’t sure. Then, once there was, my feeling was, life’s too short. Fear is the absolute reason to do it,” he adds.
“This sounds ridiculously deep, but none of us are promised tomorrow. We’re here for a minute, so you have to try to do it all. I’d rather regret something than not do it,” Corden continues.
Asked whether the Brexit debate will be a part of the new special, Corden responds: “We did talk about it. But we just want the new show to be a nostalgic joy-bomb.”