Ruth Jones and James Corden to work on new project together: ‘It may not be Gavin and Stacey, but it’ll be something’

2019 Christmas special was most watched TV episode of the last decade

Isobel Lewis
Monday 17 August 2020 09:49 BST
Gavin and Stacey's Nessa issues social distancing warning

Ruth Jones has promised that she will write with Gavin & Stacey co-creator James Corden again in the future.

The pair wrote and starred in the hit BBC Three sitcom together from 2007 to 2010, which returned for a one-off special in 2019.

In the years since, Jones has continued acting and working as an author, while Corden moved to the US to present The Late Late Show.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Jones admitted that she and Corden had talked on Zoom a few times in lockdown, but “didn’t do any writing” as they both felt “uncreative”.

She continued: “Since then we’ve not even mentioned work, just talked about the family and how we’re feeling. It does seem like a waste doesn’t it, not to have spent all those lockdown hours writing? But I just couldn’t get into the groove.”

‘Gavin & Stacey’ returned for a Christmas episode in 2019 (BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd/Tom Jackson)

However, the Welsh actor revealed that she has since got back into writing and will write with Corden again in the future.

“It may not be Gavin & Stacey, but it’ll be something,” she said.

Returning on Christmas Day 2019, the Gavin & Stacey special was the most watched TV episode of the decade after 11.6 million people tuned in.

The episode’s cliffhanger final scene, which saw Nessa (Jones) propose to Smithy (Corden), won the Must-See Moment award at the 2020 TV Baftas.

Since then, the cast have been asked whether the show would come back with more episodes, with actor Larry Lamb, who plays Mick Shipman, saying that the comedy would return.

The cast of ‘Gavin & Stacey’ at the 2020 National Television Awards (Getty Images)

“I think it would be pretty cruel to leave us on that cliffhanger,” Lamb said. “After the response it got at Christmas, you can more or less be certain that, sooner or later, there will be more.

“I’m sure the BBC can persuade Ruth and James to write more, so it’s a question of when, not if.”

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