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Gavin & Stacey, Back To Barry Island

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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, creators James Corden and Ruth Jones, have created a one hour special, which will appear on our screens at Christmas.

Photograph courtesy of (and copyright) Jack Hortrop

Photograph courtesy of (and copyright) Jack Hortop

Bafta and multi-award-winning Gavin and Stacey, starring Mathew Horne and Joanna Page, supported by a cast including James Corden, Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman, is set to return for a one-off special this Christmas on BBC One.

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

Ruth Jones and James Corden 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. 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.”

Photographs courtesy (and copyright) Mark Roberts

Photographs courtesy (and copyright) Mark Roberts

Gavin & Stacey broadcast over three series (plus a Christmas special) from 2007 to 2010 on the BBC. Gavin (Mathew Horne), an ordinary boy from Essex in England, and Stacey (Joanna Page), an ordinary girl from Barry in Wales, spoke on the phone to each other every day at work, they finally met, fell in love and got married. The series went on to explore the simple love story of these two young people from different parts of the UK, and the impact their relationship had on their friends and family.

The sitcom was a breakthrough hit for BBC Three and the 2008 Christmas special and third series moved to premiere on BBC One. The shows 2010 New Year’s Day finale had record ratings for the series with 10.25m viewers.

Photographs courtesy (and copyright) Mark Roberts

Photographs courtesy (and copyright) Mark Roberts

The Gavin and Stacey series was, and still is, a huge boost for Barry, and Barry Island in particular, in terms of footfall and till ringing for the businesses on the Island. No doubt, it will have the same effect when the show airs. The recent filming that took place certainly caused a buzz around the Vale and has visitors driving in from across the UK to catch a glimpse of the show’s stars. We’re certainly fans at Vale Life and can’t wait to see the finished result. We’re not gonna lie to you, we’re dead excited!

Click here for more Gavin & Stacey behind the scenes info.

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