After all the build-up, starting with the tweet from James Corden blowing our minds by showing the cover page of the completed script of a “Gavin & Stacey” Christmas special written completely in secret, to all the updates showing us the table read, filming on location in Barry, and interviews galore with tidbits that revealed very little (we didn’t want any surprises ruined, did we?), the show aired and…we didn’t see it because we were in Canada. But once we got back home, we subscribed to Britbox and were able to finally see Gavin, Stacey, Nessa, Smithy, Pamela, Mick, Bryn, Gwen, Dawn, Peter, Jason, Neal the Baby, and everyone else in a superb hour that did not disappoint. If anything, it got us more excited about the possibility of the show continuing!
Not to spoil anything, suffice it to say that the return has the same exact feel as the original series, succinctly catching us up on what’s been occur’ng, while moving the story ahead along with throwing in some great surprises.
The ratings were spectacular. It had the biggest ratings for a Christmas Day special in 11 years, capturing a 49 share, and after iPlayer viewings were factored in, it has been estimated a quarter of the entire U.K. population has seen the show.
So what does that mean?
A movie? Or another Christmas special?
I don’t think they’d do just another season of the TV series. Although the cast loved being back together and the audience obviously loves seeing them together, too, they’re all busy actors, especially James Corden. Just in the last month, he had to take leave from his talk show and utilize guest hosts to promote both “Cats” and “Gavin & Stacey” plus he was filming “The Prom” with Meryl Streep. Luckily, CBS seems open to accommodating his schedule (the higher his star rises, the higher the ratings will go?).
I think a movie version of “Gavin & Stacey” is the way to go. A bigger payday for everyone which they deserve and a longer format for the audience to enjoy their favorite characters. Hey, if they can make two “Inbetweeners” movies, why not?
And while we’re at it, why not bring back Ruth Jones’ “Stella”?
Here’s a hugely funny clip from “Graham Norton” with Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon – especially funny if you know Nessa and Bryn.