Alison Steadman says Gavin and Stacey cast haven't seen script for Christmas finale

Gavin and Stacey stars Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb are uniting for a special spin-off to the popular show
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Gavin and Stacey enthusiasts were thrilled with the announcement earlier this month that the beloved sitcom is set to return for a Christmas special. However, they were met with mixed emotions as James Corden, who co-creates and stars in the series alongside Ruth Jones, revealed on social media that this episode will be the show's finale.

It has been half a decade since fans last saw their favourite characters, with the previous season ending on a tantalising note as Nessa (Ruth Jones) popped the question to Smithy (James Corden), leaving audiences in suspense without his answer. Alison Steadman, known for her role as the iconic Pam Shipman, is eagerly anticipating the upcoming reunion.

In recent comments about the Christmas special, Alison said: "I know it's going to happen. I just haven't seen the script none of us has seen the script."

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Asked whether Larry Lamb will return, Alison said: "As far as I know, yes. We only found out [it was happening] for definite the other day."

Her affection for the series is evident as she expressed, "It's a wonderful series. It's so nice that it's so popular. I feel very privileged and very lucky to have been given that chance," reports OK!.

Alison maintains contact with her Gavin and Stacey colleagues, including Larry and Mathew Horne, who plays her on-screen son. She mentioned, "We [the cast] have a WhatsApp group, so if we do want to send a message out, we can. It's nice," in her discussion with OK!

However, Alison pointed out that creating a new episode for Gavin and Stacey is not without its challenges. She said: "They are extremely busy people. Finding the time to put another show together is very difficult. These things take months and months. You develop it, you change it, and then you have another idea and so on. It's quite a long process. And then you've got to get the actors free."