What's occurring? James Corden and Ruth Jones on how Gavin and Stacey reunited for Christmas

The Shipmans and the Wests gather in Wales for a Christmas reunion
The Shipmans and the Wests gather in Wales for a Christmas reunion Credit: Tom Jackson/PA

Gavin and Stacey, James Corden and Ruth Jones’s award-winning sitcom, about the romance between an Essex boy and a Welsh girl and their families joining together, ran for three series and a Christmas special between 2007-2010. It was a breakthrough hit on BBC Three, but a growing following saw it move to BBC Two and finally BBC One.

When we last had sight of the gang, on the seafront at Barry Island, Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page) had just announced that they were expecting a baby, while Gavin’s best friend Smithy (James Corden) had interrupted the wedding of Stacey’s friend Nessa (Ruth Jones). 

三级成人视频It’s been a long wait for fans of the show, but, finally, this Christmas they will be reunited with the Wests and the Shipmans during the festive season in Wales, as a special episode airing on Christmas Day picks up the story a decade on.

As the cast - minus James Corden who was filming his Late Late Show in Los Angeles - gather for the first time to watch the new episode, they talk about their joy, nerves and experiences of bringing back the much-loved show. 

Jones and Corden are co-creators and co-writers of the series, and she says that they have had an ongoing conversation about the series. “Me and James have always secretly texted ideas of lines or situations for characters to each other. One time I changed the entire words to Adele's Hello to a Barry version - it started with 'O-right'.

Joanna Page (Stacey) and Ruth Jones (Nessa) filming in Barry last summer Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

三级成人视频“We wrote the special in September last year and mapped out the story,” she explains. “In February this year we spent a week on more writing in a hotel room. Sometimes we felt like it wasn't happening. 

三级成人视频“Gavin and Stacey are at the heart of this show - they’re the only reason these people all met - so we needed something solid and chunky for them. It's about their story ten years on. They so capture what a lot of couples with kids feel, that sometimes there's no time for romance. That's what we realised was the heart of the show.”

J三级成人视频ones and Corden had to keep the Gavin and Stacey reunion under wraps, so she was delighted to be able to let the secret out. “It was a lovely phone call to make to ask the cast to make the special.

“We rehearsed back in June and it was like a family getting back together. The two weeks went so smoothly. Rob Brydon is responsible for most of the fun on set.”

 

Brydon, who returns as overenthusiastic Uncle Bryn, suffered for his art. “We filmed in July and it was a heatwave. It was hot in Bryn's cardigan. His trousers are 100% polyester. His jumper is 100% polyester. His shirt is 100% polyester. His tie...is 100% polyester. I was sweating.”

But of course, it was worth it. “This is the happiest job I've ever done. I had tears in my eyes watching. I'm thrilled with it.

“I didn't think we'd do Gavin and Stacey again, but once we knew it was happening, it was so hard to lie to people to say it wasn't. I thought people could see it in my face that I was lying.

“I saw Alison (Steadman, who plays Gavin’s mother Pam) at the Baftas and we had to talk in code. She said she was ‘nervous about G & S’, and I thought perhaps she meant Gilbert and Sullivan, there at the Baftas nominated for something. We set up a WhatsApp group and called it Gilbert and Sullivan so people didn’t know we were doing the show again.”

Nessa (Ruth Jones) and Bryn (Rob Brydon) exercise their excellent vocal cords Credit: Tom Jackson/BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd

Steadman too is happy to be back in partnership with Larry Lamb who plays Pam’s husband Mick. “Pam is the best fun to play. When I'm in her character, I feel so happy. I feel right, like I'm in the right skin. I feel the love [with Larry]. The families all love each other, and that's part of the attraction of the whole thing. The rows go on but they love each other and they are always there for each other. It warms your heart -  I had a lump in my throat watching the Christmas special.”

Lamb was also emotional at seeing the show, but points out that the world wasn’t always in love with Gavin and Stacey, though. “The first time we filmed in Barry all those years ago, kids were throwing rocks at us. This time, you couldn't move for people. It's quite extraordinary. They now call themselves ‘Barrybados’. They love the show and feel part of it.”

三级成人视频Fans of the series will be in for an emotional ride as they catch up with their favourite characters and find out how their lives have changed over a decade. Gavin and Stacey’s child is now ten, and Neil the Baby, Nessa and Smithy’s son isn’t a baby any more, he’s 12. It seems that tough Nessa has softened somewhat.

三级成人视频“She's a really lovely mum,” Jones explains. “Her, Smithy and Neil the Baby are a great example of a blended family. The boy playing Neil was such a soft boy. It would have been tempting to make him a tough Barry boy but we didn’t. We've tapped into Nessa's soft side too.”

James Corden and Ruth Jones at the 2007 Bafta Awards, where Gavin and Stacey was named Programme of the Year Credit: Yui Mok/PA

So how do Gavin and Stacey feel about the comeback after a decade? Joanna Page, who plays Stacey, was thrilled but nervous. “When Ruth got in touch, I thought maybe she was about to tell me that some dodgy photos of me were about to be exposed in the press or something,” she laughs.

三级成人视频“I was so excited waiting for the script, which I got just as I was going into another job. Afterwards, I sat in the car park for a few hours reading it. Then came the nerves. Oh s---, am I gonna be able to do it?

“But we filmed a great scene on Barry Island, and I just felt that we’d nailed it. Then we went out and drank loads of gin and had a lovely time.”

M三级成人视频athew Horne (Gavin) sums up how the cast seem to feel, despite a few nerves about a return of such a beloved show. “The fact that we all love each other and have fun comes across on screen.  I actually think it's the best episode we've ever done.”

The Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special will air on BBC One at 8.30pm on Christmas Day