In case you somehow miss the glorious news back in July, James Corden has confirmed that the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special 2019 is officially happening, causing the nation to cry a collective ‘oh my Christ!’ with excitement.
Now, not only has the BBC has finally given us a first glimpse of the full cast on set, it’s revealed a plot outline that confirms that the show is set to be just as good as we dreamed. Slight spoilers ahead…
‘It’s been ten years since we last went to Billericay to spend Christmas with the Shipmans and the Wests. This year we’re off to Wales for the festivities, where Bryn (Rob Brydon) is cooking dinner for over thirteen people. Understandably he’s tense,’ the synopsis explains.
‘Pam (Alison Steadman) would secretly prefer to spend Christmas in Essex as she finds Gwen’s (Melanie Walters) house a bit lacking. But the deal has always been that they alternate every year, and this time it’s the turn of the Wests to host Christmas with everyone under one small roof.’
‘For Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page), parenthood continues to present them with several challenges, their “baby” now being ten. Smithy (James Corden), too, continues to commit to his fatherly role, making the journey to Barry at weekends and every second Wednesday to see twelve-year-old Neil the Baby.
‘Nessa (Ruth Jones) on the other hand adopts her own brand of Nessa-style mothering whilst Pam, Mick (Larry Lamb) and Gwen have become the epitome of doting grandparents.
And of course, there has to be a twist: ‘On Christmas Eve, Dawn (Julia Davis) makes a shocking discovery about Pete (Adrian Scarborough) that jeopardises their marriage (again) and a visit to the pub that night is an eye opener in more ways than one.’
Just can’t wait until the big day? Back in November, eagle-eyed viewers have noticed that if you skip to the end of episode 6 of season 3 of Gavin and Stacey on iPlayer, you’re treated to a sneak peek trailer that shows Uncle Bryn, played by Rob Brydon, having a minor crisis over his Christmas dinner duties, which makes sense now that we know the Barry gang are hosting this year.
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The Christmas special will mark the first time that the cast of the Bafta-award winning sitcom, about a boy from Essex who marries a girl from Barry Island in Wales, and follows the story of their two families combining, have reunited on our screens since 2010.
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Speaking on Radio 5 Live previously, Mathew Horne, who plays Gavin, said of the return: ‘There’s very, very little I can give away – suffice to say [Gavin’s] a little bit tired… and he’s a dad with an almost grown-up child,’ he explained, addressing the fact that on-screen wife Stacey was pregnant when the third and final series ended.
‘I think the audience will be pleasantly surprised and warmed by what they see … I have every confidence people are going to really like it.’
However, we do have a bit of bad news for fans of Smithy’s sister, Ruth ‘Rudi’ Smith. Actress Sheridan Smith, who played the beloved character, has revealed that she won’t be a part of the upcoming Christmas special.
‘I wish,’ she said when asked if she would be reprising her role on Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. ‘No, I’m not going to be in it. I don’t think, anyway.’
In a joint statement when the show was first announced, James and Ruth wrote: ‘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. 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.’
The BBC also said that it was ‘hugely excited’ to welcome the show back to BBC One – as are we!
Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: ‘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.’
The Gavin and Stacey Christmas special will air at 8:30pm on BBC One on Wednesday 25 December.