James Corden and Ruth Jones 'turned down huge Netflix deal' for Gavin & Stacey finale

James Corden and Ruth Jones in character for a Gavin and Stacey promo photo
James Corden and Ruth Jones as their Gavin & Stacey characters -Credit:BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd/Tom Jackson

James Corden and Ruth Jones, the beloved duo behind Gavin & Stacey, have reportedly declined a lucrative offer from Netflix for the show's grand finale, opting instead to remain with the BBC, a move they believe is the "right decision." The much-anticipated announcement made this week confirmed that the cherished sitcom is set to grace our screens once more with its "finale" this Christmas on BBC One.

The news comes after the series' latest holiday special in 2019, which was also broadcast on the channel, received widespread acclaim. Earlier in the year, there had been whispers of a possible "bidding war" between the BBC and Netflix for the rights to future episodes of the hit show.

Ruth, 57, hinted at these rumours prior to the official announcement. Now, it appears she and James, 45, who bring to life the characters Nessa and Smithy, are confident they've made the "right decision" in returning to their BBC roots.

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Since its inception in 2007, all three seasons of Gavin & Stacey, as well as its two previous specials, have found a home on the BBC. According to a source speaking to the Sun, while Netflix did engage in discussions with the creators about the forthcoming episode, the pair ultimately "went with their hearts" and committed to the BBC, reports OK!.

An "insider" was reported to have said that the streaming giant "threw everything at them" to secure the special episode, stating: "James, Ruth and the team were effectively offered a multi-million pound one-off deal, and were promised it would open the show up to a whole new international audience. Obviously it was tempting, but they felt Gavin and Stacey belonged to the BBC - and the nation, really," as reported by the Mirror. The source also shared: "The optics wouldn't have been great had they 'sold out' so they went with their hearts, not the cash." Furthermore, they expressed that the team are "happy" knowing the "right decision" has been made regarding the upcoming episode.

James Corden announced the return of the much-adored series in an Instagram post on Friday. He posted a monochrome photo of himself and Ruth Jones holding a script for the episode, which they have written together and is tentatively titled 'Gavin and Stacey: the finale'. He captioned the reveal with: "Some news... It's official! We have finished writing the last ever episode of Gavin and Stacey. See you on Christmas Day, BBC One. Love Ruth and James."

The beloved BBC sitcom originally aired from 2007 to 2010 and triumphantly returned with a Christmas special in 2019, which left fans on tenterhooks with an unresolved proposal. The excitement has now skyrocketed with the confirmation that the show will make its final appearance this year for one last celebration. You can keep up to date with the latest TV and showbiz news by signing up to the newsletter here.