Gavin and Stacey's Ruth Jones says the hit show's Christmas special is 'in the can' and ready to go

It's the TV comeback that fans have been waiting for.  

So they will no doubt be delighted to hear that the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is 'in the can' and ready to go.

Speaking to BBC Wales, co-creator Ruth Jones, 53, revealed that the episode has been filmed and is ready to hit screens on Christmas Day this year. 

Ready to go: It's the TV comeback that fans have been waiting for. So they will no doubt be delighted to hear that the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is 'in the can' and ready to go

Ready to go: It's the TV comeback that fans have been waiting for. So they will no doubt be delighted to hear that the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is 'in the can' and ready to go

Ruth, who played Nessa Jenkins in the hit BBC series, explained: 'It's all done and dusted, kippers and custard! It's in the can, as they say. 

'It was really good fun, it was a very smooth shoot. It was gorgeous to see everybody again.' 

The actress, who created the series alongside James Corden, added that she was overwhelmed by the reaction the cast received when they returned to Barry in Wales to shoot scenes for the one-hour festive episode. 

 She said: 'Being in Barry was insane, we had the best welcome ever. It was quite handy because I just went in character and just talked everybody like Nessa, which was great because I could just be rude. 

'I'd just go, "Oh, love, what you doing here? Back off!" I loved that because you could just hide behind rudeness.' 

Coming soon: Co-creator Ruth Jones, 53, revealed that the episode has been filmed and is ready to hit screens on Christmas Day this year

Coming soon: Co-creator Ruth Jones, 53, revealed that the episode has been filmed and is ready to hit screens on Christmas Day this year

The Gavin and Stacey special sees James back as Neil 'Smithy' Smith and Mathew Horne and Joanna Page reprise their respective titular roles as married couple Gavin and Stacey Shipman. 

They are joined by returning cast members Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman

Although details of the storyline for the special are being kept under wraps, Larry - who plays Gavin's dad Mick Shipman in the show - has promised fans they will get 'everything they want' from the reunion.   

Reunited: The Gavin and Stacey special sees James back as Neil 'Smithy' Smith and Mathew Horne and Joanna Page reprise their respective titular roles as married couple Gavin and Stacey Shipman

Reunited: The Gavin and Stacey special sees James back as Neil 'Smithy' Smith and Mathew Horne and Joanna Page reprise their respective titular roles as married couple Gavin and Stacey Shipman

The reunion was confirmed by creators Ruth Jones and James Corden in May, and sparked euphoria among die-hard fans who couldn't wait to hear the latest on the titular couple. 

Gavin and Stacey was broadcasted on BBC Three, BBC Two and BBC One from May 2007 until January 2010 for three series.  

Teasing details about the upcoming series, screen star James, 40, recently revealed the lengths he went to in order to write the script, despite his busy schedule.

Can't wait: The reunion was confirmed by creators Ruth Jones and James Corden in May, and sparked euphoria among die-hard fans

Can't wait: The reunion was confirmed by creators Ruth Jones and James Corden in May, and sparked euphoria among die-hard fans

Due to the fact that he lives in LA and Ruth, lives in the UK, James explained: 'We wrote the new script over Facetime.   

'I would get up at 4am, and work with Ruth until it was time to take Max to school …'

The writing powerhouse were keen to keep their decision to themselves as they didn't want to feel pressure to make something that might not work. 

He told GQ: 'We didn't tell anyone we were doing it, certainly not the BBC. We thought, 'We'll do it for us and we'll know if it's right'. We've seen too many people ruin what they've done - for no reason.'

The one-hour episode will air on Christmas Day 2019 on BBC1.

One to watch: Gavin and Stacey was broadcasted on BBC Three, BBC Two and BBC One from May 2007 until January 2010 for three series

One to watch: Gavin and Stacey was broadcasted on BBC Three, BBC Two and BBC One from May 2007 until January 2010 for three series

 

 

Gavin and Stacey's Ruth Jones says the hit show's Christmas special is 'in the can' and ready to go

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