This fan favourite won’t be part of the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special

In case you somehow miss the glorious news last month, 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.

The actor, who played Smithy in the much-loved BBC comedy series, revealed on Twitter that he and co-star Ruth Jones had been keeping the special episode secret ‘for a while’.

‘We’re excited to share it with you. See you on Christmas Day @BBCOne #GavinandStacey,’ he wrote.

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.

And now, speaking on Radio 5 Live, Mathew Horne, who plays Gavin, has revealed more details about what we can expect from the beloved characters after all those years.

‘There’s very, very little I can give away – suffice to say he’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, played by Joanna Page, 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.’

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The last Gavin and Stacey Christmas special aired in 2009. Image: Rex Features

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.’

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In a joint statement when the show was first announced, James and Ruth – the actress behind Stacey’s childhood friend Nessa – said: ‘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.’