Gavin & Stacey's Rob Brydon Explains Why A Film Is Actually A Bad Idea: 'It Would Be A Mistake'

Ash Percival
·Entertainment Editor, HuffPost UK
·2-min read

It’s been almost a year since Nessa got down on bended knee and asked Smithy to marry her, and with Gavin & Stacey fans demanding to know what happens next, a film has been mooted as a possible follow up.

However, Rob Brydon – who plays Uncle Bryn in the BBC sitcom – has explained why a big screen adaptation is actually a bad idea.

Speaking to Digital Spy, he said he didn’t think creators and writers Ruth Jones and James Corden “should do that”, saying: “I think that would be a mistake.”

Rob Brydon plays Uncle Bryn in Gavin & Stacey (Photo: BBC)
Rob Brydon plays Uncle Bryn in Gavin & Stacey (Photo: BBC)

Rob continued: “It’s not a film. It’s not a cinema thing. It is what it is, and I don’t hold film over television.

“There’s sometimes an assumption that if it were to become a film it would somehow be elevating itself, and I think that’s a misnomer. I think that’s a mistake.

“I think that maybe, if James and Ruth decided to make another special, that would be wonderful, but I don’t at all buy into this idea that a film of a TV show is somehow elevating it and taking it to another level.

“I just don’t see that myself.”

Gavin & Stacey returned for a one-off Christmas special last year (Photo: BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd/Tom Jackson)
Gavin & Stacey returned for a one-off Christmas special last year (Photo: BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd/Tom Jackson)

Rob’s opinion is at odds with that of co-star Larry Lamb, who plays Mick Shipman.

He previously said that a film is “the next logical thing to do” after the huge success of last year’s Christmas special, which attracted over 18 million viewers.

“I think the audience in Britain is so ready for it that they would go to the ends of the Earth to go and see a movie of it,” he told The Mirror. “I mean, imagine those characters? It’s so much larger than life now, it’s a national treasure.”

However, Ruth and James have both repeatedly insisted there are no current plans to pen any follow ups to the 2019 festive one-off, which was the first to air since the series finished 10 years prior.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.