Gavin and Stacey Christmas special preview reunites Uncle Bryn, Stacey and Nessa

Original series, starring Mathew Horne and Joanna Page, ended in 2010

Roisin O'Connor@Roisin_OConnor
Tuesday 26 November 2019 09:27
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Sneak preview of Gavin and Stacey Christmas special

The BBC has shared a teaser of the forthcoming Gavin and Stacey reunion.

The clip was released on the broadcaster’s streaming service, iPlayer, and appeared after the final episode of the last series.

Gavin and Stacey, which ended in 2010, was created by James Corden and Ruth Jones. It documented the romance between Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page), and the lives of their eccentric friends and families.

It is scheduled to return on Christmas Day. BBC bosses have said it will show the characters catching up while having Christmas dinner at Uncle Bryn’s house in Barry Island, Wales.

The preview shows Bryn, portrayed by Rob Brydon, dashing around the kitchen while Wizzard’s classic “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” plays in the background.

“Gwen, Jason, anyone,” Bryn says into a walkie-talkie. “The table should’ve been set 37 minutes ago. And the plates are still at Stacey’s.” He then drops a bowl of food on the floor, screams, then tells Stacey and Nessa (Jones) as they rush in to help: “Stacey, would you kindly inform everyone that dinner will be ever so slightly delayed?”

Jones and Corden recently revealed they feared their first draft of the Christmas special “wasn’t good enough”.

Speaking to Radio Times, Corden explained that they had confused themselves by thinking “there needed to be an absolute narrative arc”.

“There was so much in the story, there was no room for the characters to breathe,” he said. “We’d written about 40 pages, and we sat it and we read it... and we both went, ‘this just isn’t good enough.’ It doesn’t feel like the show. It doesn’t feel like it’s right. There was a real silence in this room... a sense of maybe we were too naive to think we could pick it up.”

Corden, Jones, Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman all reprise their roles for the special episode.

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