Gavin & Stacey is making a comeback. BBC One has ordered a one-off Christmas special of the hit comedy series from Ruth Jones and James Corden. It will be a key part of BBC One’s 2019 Christmas schedule.
Gavin & Stacey follows Gavin, an ordinary boy from Essex in England and Stacey (Joanna Page), an ordinary girl from Barry in Wales, spoke on the phone to each other every day at work, and then they finally met, fell in love and got married.
The series went on to 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. Three seasons and a Christmas special aired between 2007 and 2010. Season one and two aired on BBC Three before the series moved to BBC One for the 2008 Christmas special and season three.
Series creators Ruth Jones and James Corden are on-board to reprise their roles as Nessa and Smithy, respectively. Also returning for the special is Mathew Horne as Gavin, Joanna Page as Stacey, Rob Brydon as Bryn, Larry Lamb as Mick, Melanie Walters as Gwen and Alison Steadman as Pam. The special is being produced by Fulwell 73, Tidy Productions and Baby Cow Productions. Ruth Jones, James Corden, David Peet, Leo Pearlman and Ben Winston are the executive producers.
“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”, said Ruth Jones and James Corden. “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.”
While the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore, who commissioned the Christmas special alongside the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Shane Allen, said: “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.” Shane Allen is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC.