EXCLUSIVE: Beloved BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey is about to return for an additional a chew on the Christmas cherry.
Deadline understands for the sitcom from James Corden and Ruth Jones will movie a brand new episode over the summer time with a view to airing at Christmas time this yr, 5 years on from the earlier ratings-topping particular.
We’re informed the sequence is in improvement/pre-production and cameras will roll in a couple of months time on the present, which is produced by Steve Coogan’s Child Cow, Jones’ Tidy Productions and Fulwell 73, which is co-owned by Corden.
Gavin & Stacey is likely one of the vital beloved British sitcoms of all time and the 2019 Christmas particular was the most-watched present in a decade at greater than 18 million viewers.
Gentle spoiler: It ended with a cliffhanger, with Nessa (Jones) proposing to the ever-cheeky however loveable Smithy (Corden). That cliffhanger has led to undimmed chatter over the previous few years that Corden and Jones would return to the present, noise that has solely grown louder with Corden’s return to the UK as he ended his eight-year-long Late Late Present stint within the States.
Deadline is informed that almost all of the principle solid will probably return for the particular. Aside from Corden and Jones, Gavin & Stacey stars Matthew Horne and Joanna Web page within the titular roles together with an ensemble solid together with Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb and Julia Davis.
Following the ups and downs of the title characters and their much-loved household and mates, the present which introduced fame to the Welsh seaside city of Barry and the Essex city of Billericay began in 2007 as a small BBC Three sitcom however shortly grabbed a cult fanbase and was shifted to BBC One.
It ran for 3 seasons from 2007 to 2010, successful a BAFTA alongside the best way, and in addition aired a much-loved Christmas particular in 2009. The BBC can be hoping Gavin & Stacey can hand a little bit of a lift to what has been a quiet couple of Christmases, with the most-viewed present in 2023 being the King’s Christmas message adopted by a Strictly Come Dancing particular watched by simply over 5 million.
The 2019 Christmas particular wasn’t with out controversy. The ep featured Nessa and Bryn, performed by Brydon, singing a karaoke duet of The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’ that included a gay slur, which wasn’t bleeped out. The slur has been faraway from BBC iPlayer and was faraway from repeats of the present the next yr.
Since ending his CBS late-night present, Corden has been comparatively coy on subsequent strikes. His 1,000-episode run on The Late, Late Present has made him right into a family identify within the U.S., and he has starred in motion pictures comparable to Peter Rabbit, Cats and Superintelligence.
He not too long ago turned to audio by fronting a weekly Sirius XM present, titled This Lifetime of Mine with James Corden, for which he has already chatted with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Kim Kardashian and David Beckham.
Talking on the RTS Cambridge Conference late final yr, he opened up about “feeling compelled to return house” after almost a decade on The Late Late Present, as he urged British TV decision-makers to take extra threat within the vein of the Gavin & Stacey fee almost 20 years in the past. On the time, Corden mentioned he didn’t know if he would do any extra Gavin & Stacey however burdened he would “like to make one thing collectively once more” with Jones.
Gavin & Stacey is the second returning BBC comedy to be revealed by Deadline up to now week, following Coogan’s unveiling of an Alan Partridge comedy doc sequence titled And Did These Toes…, which can also be made by Child Cow.
The BBC, Child Cow’s guardian firm BBC Studios and Fulwell 73 declined to touch upon Gavin & Stacey. Deadline has reached out Tidy Productions.