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Ruth Jones denies claims there will be a Gavin & Stacey Christmas special this year

Ruth Jones denies claims there will be a Gavin & Stacey Christmas special this year

Ruth Jones, who played the iconic Welsh character Nessa, has shot down hopes of a Christmas special coming later this year.

The entire nation has been walking with a spring in their step over the last few days after hearing rumours that we would be getting a Gavin and Stacey special for Christmas.

The last festive season just didn't hit the same for a lot of TV fans due to the fact we still don't know what went down after Nessa's surprise proposal to Smithy after four long years.

But Brits were given a welcome boost earlier this week when reports started swirling that the beloved cast were reuniting for another Christmas special, which would air in December this year.

According to Deadline, a new episode of the hilarious sitcom was scheduled to be filmed this summer and was still in pre-production stages, but avid watchers of Gavin and Stacey were thrilled to hear another instalment was in the works.

Pam and Mick - played by Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb - have previously said it would be an 'absolute yes' if they were asked to reprise their iconic roles, and James Corden's return to the UK made it feel like everything was falling into place for a festive Essex-Barry bonanza in 2024.

Speculation really hotted up about a new script being in the works when the former Late Late Show host was spotted catching up with his Gavin and Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones in London back in November.

Gavin and Stacey fans are desperate for an update on the characters.

But Joanna Page, who starred as Welsh sweetheart Stacey alongside Mathew Horne, who portrayed Gavin, reckoned the cliffhanger was the perfect way to wrap up the series as it let fans make their own mind up about the characters' fates.

The actress, 46, told the Daily Mail: "I can see them never doing any more because it was nice to leave it on a cliffhanger because it's up to the viewer to imagine what would have happened. So I can imagine them ending it like that."

She continued: "But all I can say is, if they were going to do another one I hope it's soon because we're all getting so old, I don't particularly want to see Stacey get that much older.

"And if there is a comeback, I'll find out at the same time as the public because I don't get told anything. Gavin and Stacey's kids would be teenagers now, so that would be quite funny to see."

But Jones, who played the iconic Welsh character Nessa, has now shot down any hopes of a Christmas special coming later this year, saying it was 'sadly a rumour'.

Corden and Jones wrote the hilarious sitcom together.
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The actress was discussing the reports of a bidding war for Gavin and Stacey between the BBC and Netflix during an appearance on RTE Radio 1 today (14 February) and asked: "Where's this come from?"

She continued: "If there was something to say on that front, James and I would happily announce it.

"When he came back from America, we went for lunch in London a few months ago and we got papped. And then the next thing is 'Oh my god, they must be writing more Gavin & Stacey', which is lovely.

"It's lovely that people love it and they're so desperate for it."

She has previously said there was room for more episodes but said it was just 'so complicated' for her and Corden to get together and put pen to paper to write a new script.

On behalf of the British public, can you two clear your diaries and get to work, please?

Featured Image Credit: BBC/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Topics: Gavin And Stacey, TV and Film, James Corden, Celebrity