It’s the most anticipated Christmas TV of recent years, but Gavin and Stacey creator and star Ruth Jones has warned that some fans of the sitcom are sure to be disappointed by its return episode.
Gavin and Stacey last aired a new episode in 2010 for the final of series three, but this December will be back for a Christmas special on Christmas Day.
Jones, who penned the show with James Corden and stars as Nessa, said she knew some BBC viewers wouldn’t be keen on their update.
She told the Radio Times: “There’ll be some people who go, ‘Oh, it’s not what it used to be’ – that’s just the law of averages.
“However, I’m sure people will just enjoy seeing those characters again and spending Christmas with them.”
You might not be able to please all of the people all of the time, but her co-star and co-writer Corden added that he had loved working together again.
He said: “I wouldn’t change a single second, so all we can do now is put it out into the world and hope that people respond to it.
“And if they don’t – we still wouldn’t change a second.”
The pair revealed that the cast, which includes Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb, Rob Brydon and Melanie Walters, have a WhatsApp group which they’re expecting to “start going nuts” when the episode airs on Christmas Day.
Gavin and Stacey’s only other festive special, which aired in 2008, saw the gang enjoy Christmas in Essex at Pam and Mick’s house, but this time they’ll be visiting Barry, where Uncle Bryn will be hosting.
Many of the sitcom’s favourite characters are expected to return, but we won’t be seeing Sheridan Smith back as Smithy’s (Corden) sister Rudi, and Margaret John, who played Gwen’s neighbour Doris, died in 2011.