*Breathes a sigh of relief*
It may have been almost ten years since the last episode of Gavin and Stacey aired on the 1st January 2010 but we’re still just as obsessed with the BBC show than ever. Over the past decade, we found it way too hard to let go (it makes us feel like home), so, quite simply, we didn’t. Instead, we’ve been binge-watching the entire series on Netflix (multiple times), creating memes and gifs out of our favourite moments to share all over social media and even visiting filming locations in both Essex and Wales. Seriously, Barry Island has been booming with tourists.
Now it’s time to return to the phenomenon as BBC is airing a brand-new special this Christmas. We can’t wait to catch up with the Wests (for once, not the Kimye kind) and discover what’s been occurring with the Shipmans.
And if the set photos are anything to go by – which include an image of Pam, played by 73-year old Alison Steadman, sporting a pink velour tracksuit – it’s about to be the best thing on TV this December.
The Christmas Special is set to air on BBC One on Christmas Day at 9:30 pm. We may be stuffed and drunk by then, but you can still guarantee we’ll be tuning in.
Ruth Jones and James Corden have penned the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special, just as they wrote the script for every other episode back in the 00s. According to Corden himself, he and Jones wrote the majority of the script over Facetime.
“We wrote the new script over Facetime,” Corden recalls. “I would get up at 4 am and work with Ruth till it was time to take Max [Corden’s son] to school… We didn’t tell anyone we were doing it, certainly not the BBC. We thought, ‘We’ll do it for us and we’ll know if it’s right.’ We’ve seen too many people ruin what they’ve done – for no reason.” – James Corden in conversation with British GQ
Empire Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Terri White certainly thinks so.
However, the dull reality is that the 2019 Christmas special will most likely be the last episode ever. Don’t cry. Just remember what mamma used to say: ‘Don’t be sad that it’s over, be glad that it happened’.
Most of the original cast, including James Cordon, are returning for the 2019 Christmas special. Hooray.
The only name we’re disappointed to hear isn’t returning is Sheridan Smith: the actress who played Smithy’s sister Ruth ‘Rudi’ Smith .
The first reviews are overwhelmingly positive! Check out the social reaction below:
The G&S Season 3 finale ended with Smithy moving to Barry island to help raise his is son, Neil the baby along with his baby mother Nessa. We suspect that the dynamic duo may have rekindled their relationship in the ten years that have passed by.
Neil, now 11-years old (feel old yet), is expected to appear in the 2019 Christmas special. We can’t wait to see which personality traits he’s picked up from his wacky parents.
A gender reveal, but make it ten years post-birth.
The Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special 2019 will give us our first look at the titular characters’ child. We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to the Shipman-West family, and, most importantly, find out their name and gender.
Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special coming to BBC One on Christmas Day 2019.
Not just your average Joe, Lord Joseph William Furness – lorded by a mate for his birthday (a decision they now live to regret) – struggles to understand a world in which everyone isn’t as blunt, unemotional and sarcastic as him. His mother calls him pretentious because of his materialistic nature; whilst his father tells him that he can’t live in his own ‘dream world’ forever, but he seems to be doing pretty well so far. He plans to write for The Hook until he sees his name in shining lights – a future promised to him by his year 4 primary school teacher.