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Gavin and Stacey to return for one-off Christmas special


James Corden has announced that TV comedy series Gavin and Stacey is to return for a one-off Christmas special this year.

The much-loved British sitcom, created and written by Corden and Ruth Jones, will be produced by Fulwell 73, Tidy Productions and Baby Cow Productions.

Last screened in the UK in 2010, the Bafta-winning sitcom follows a long-distance relationship between a girl from south Wales (played by Joanna Page) and an Essex boy (Mathew Horne).

The new Christmas special will also star Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman.

In a joint statement, Corden and Jones said: “Over the last ten years we’ve talked a lot about Gavin and Stacey – where they might be today and what their lives might look like.

“And so in secret we took the plunge and wrote this one hour special.

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“We’ve loved revisiting Barry and Essex again, and bringing the characters back together has been a joy.

“We’re so excited to get the chance to work with our fabulous cast and crew once more and to give fans of the show a festive treat this Christmas.”

Gavin & Stacey originally broadcast over three series, plus a Christmas special, from 2007 to 2010, originally on BBC Three before moving to BBC One.

The show’s 2010 New Year’s Day finale attracted over 10 million viewers.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said: “Everyone at the BBC is hugely excited to be welcoming back Gavin and Stacey to BBC One this Christmas. We can’t wait to see what’s happened to everyone over the last nine years, and what’s next for one of the nation’s favourite comedy families.”

The 1×60′ special has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy. It is Executive Produced by David Peet, Leo Pearlman and Ben Winston. Shane Allen is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC.

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