Gavin & Stacey is coming back this year for a Christmas special.
The BAFTA and multi-award-winning sitcom, starring Mathew Horne and Joanna Page, was a breakthrough hit for BBC Three, spawn a 2008 Christmas special and a third season that graduated to premiere on BBC One.
Created and written by Ruth Jones and James Corden, it follows Gavin (Mathew Horne), an ordinary boy from Essex in England, and Stacey (Joanna Page), an ordinary girl from Barry in Wales, who spoke on the phone to each other every day at work, finally met, fell in love and ultimately got married. The series went onto explore the simple love story of these two young people from different parts of the UK, and the impact their relationship had on their friends and family.
The couple were supported by a cast that included Corden, Jones, Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman. Now, after a 2010 New Year’s Day finale that had record ratings for the series with 10.25m viewers, the whole gang are reuniting for a one-off special this Christmas on BBC One.
The hour-long outing will be produced by Fulwell 73, Tidy Productions and Baby Cow Productions.
Jones and Corden say: “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. 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.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, adds: “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.”