In what has been deemed a Christmas miracle for fans of the beloved sitcom, Gavin & Stacey is set to make a triumphant return to our screens this festive season, as reported by Deadline.. The forthcoming episode, currently in development and pre-production, is slated to mark the first appearance of the iconic BBC series in five years.
The brainchild of James Corden and Ruth Jones, Gavin & Stacey is set to start filming the new episode this summer, with plans for it to grace our screens in time for the holiday season. This development follows the tremendous success of the 2019 Christmas special, which garnered over 18 million viewers and secured its place as the most-watched show in a decade.
Produced by Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow, Jones’ Tidy Productions, and Fulwell 73, co-owned by Corden, the upcoming episode is eagerly awaited by fans who have long speculated about the fate of Nessa and Smithy following the tantalizing cliffhanger in the last episode, where Nessa proposed to Smithy.
While the majority of the main cast is expected to make a return, including Matthew Horne and Joanna Page in the titular roles, as well as Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb, and Julia Davis, the BBC has chosen to remain tight-lipped about the details.
Addressing the possibility of a reunion, Joanna Page expressed mixed feelings, stating, “I can see them never doing any more because it was nice to leave it on a cliffhanger because it’s up to the viewer to imagine what would have happened. So I can imagine them ending it like that.” She went on to add that the uncertainty surrounding a potential return keeps the excitement alive for both the cast and viewers.
Alison Steadman, who plays the memorable character Pamela, shared her emotional experience upon wrapping the last Christmas special. In an interview with The Mirror, the 77-year-old actress expressed the unique bond among the cast and crew, describing it as “the only show I have ever worked on where when we finished each character’s final scenes…everyone used to put their heads down and cry.” Steadman remains hopeful that the creators, Ruth and James, will pen a reunion episode, reflecting on the magic that made the series beloved by both the cast and the audience.