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Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special teaser on BBC iPlayer

Gavin and Stacey fans have been given a first look at the hotly anticipated Christmas special episode, in a calamitous clip starring Uncle Bryn.

In the hilarious scenes, Bryn (played by Rob Brydon) starts to panic as he takes on the epic task of hosting his nearest and dearest for Christmas dinner.

The fun-loving Bryn ends up smashing plates and spilling food all over the floor as a horrified Stacey (Joanna Page) and Nessa (Ruth Jones) look on.  

 

Smashed plates: Gavin and Stacey fans have been given a first look at the hotly anticipated Christmas special episode, in a calamitous clip starring Uncle Bryn

Oh dear: The fun-loving Bryn ends up smashing plates and spilling food all over the floor as a horrified Stacey (Joanna Page) and Nessa (Ruth Jones) look on

Oh dear: The fun-loving Bryn ends up smashing plates and spilling food all over the floor as a horrified Stacey (Joanna Page) and Nessa (Ruth Jones) look on

The clip was an ‘Easter Egg’ for fans planted on BBC iPlayer, airing around 40 seconds before the end of series three.

It begins with Uncle Bryn in a hot and steamy kitchen as he juggles saucepans and  checks on a turkey in the oven, to the sound of Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.

Using a walkie-talkie he shouts: ‘Gwen, Jason anyone! The table should have been set 37 minutes ago and the plates are still at Stacey’s.’

He lifts a piping hot saucepan lid and screams  ‘Ahhh! Oh!’ before plates are heard smashing – with Stacey clad in a Father Christmas hat rushing into the room. 

Headed for disaster: In the hilarious scenes, Bryn (played by Rob Brydon) starts to panic as he takes on the epic task of hosting his nearest and dearest for Christmas dinner

Headed for disaster: In the hilarious scenes, Bryn (played by Rob Brydon) starts to panic as he takes on the epic task of hosting his nearest and dearest for Christmas dinner

Festive fright: He lifts a piping hot saucepan lid and screams 'Ahhh! Oh!' before plates are heard smashing - with Stacey clad in a Father Christmas hat rushing into the room

Festive fright: He lifts a piping hot saucepan lid and screams ‘Ahhh! Oh!’ before plates are heard smashing – with Stacey clad in a Father Christmas hat rushing into the room

Hmm: She says: 'Uncle Bryn?' and she and Nessa find him on the floor with vegetables and broken bits of china strewn around him

Hmm: She says: ‘Uncle Bryn?’ and she and Nessa find him on the floor with vegetables and broken bits of china strewn around him

What's occurring? Fans flocked to social media to voice their delight at the Christmas special

What’s occurring? Fans flocked to social media to voice their delight at the Christmas special 

She says: ‘Uncle Bryn?’ and she and Nessa find him on the floor with vegetables and broken bits of china strewn around him. 

He says: ‘Oh god, Stacey, will you very kindly inform everyone that dinner will be ever so slightly delayed?.’ 

The full cast are reprising their iconic roles for the  hotly anticipated Christmas special,  ten years after the last episode aired.

The stars slotted straight back into their hilarious characters in a newly released photo from the festive episode.

Lead stars Ruth Jones, 53, and James Corden, 41, looked close as they transformed into on-off lovers, gormless Smithy and feisty Nessa for the snap in the pub.

Coming soon: The stars slotted straight back into their hilarious characters in a newly released photo from the festive episode

Coming soon: The stars slotted straight back into their hilarious characters in a newly released photo from the festive episode

Ruth, clad in an emerald green crop-top and skirt, paired with Nessa’s signature raven bob, wrapped an arm around a tracksuit clad Smithy.

In the hit show, Smithy stopped Nessa from marrying boyfriend Dave in the final episode. The pair, who enjoyed several one-night stands over the years, share a son, Neil.

Lead stars Joanna Page and Mathew Horne embraced as they reprised their roles as Gavin Shipman and Stacey West.

Joanna, 42, looked stylish in a pink dress and heels as she embraced her on-screen husband Mathew, 41, who wore a t-shirt and jeans.

Throwback: The cast are pictured in a 2008 Christmas episode of the show

Throwback: The cast are pictured in a 2008 Christmas episode of the show 

Joanna Page as Stacey Shipman in the Christmas Special

Joanna is pictured as Stacey in a 2008 episode

Throwback: Joanna has barely aged a day in the decade since Gavin and Stacey last aired 

Mathew Horne as Gavin Shipman in the Christmas special

Mathew is pictured as Gavin in a 2008 episode

Comeback: Mathew looks delighted to be reprising his role as Essex boy Gavin in the special

James Corden as Smithy in the Christmas special

James is pictured as Smithy in 2008

Stateside sensation: James Corden has become a US success since starring as Smithy (pictured R in 2008)

Ruth Jones looks sultry as she reprises her role as Nessa

Ruth is pictured as Nessa in a 2008 episode

Witty: Ruth Jones slipped back into character as Nessa with aplomb (pictured in a 2008 episode)

The final series ended with the happy couple announcing they were expecting their first child.

Next to Stacey is her brother Jason (played by Rob Wilfort), along with Gavin’s mother Pam (Alison Steadman), Stacey’s mum Gwen (Melanie Walters), her uncle Bryn (Rob Brydon) and Gavin’s dad Mick (Larry Lamb.)

Alison Steadman reprises her role as Gavin's mum Pam

Alison is pictured as Pam in a 2008 episode

You really need to get a life! Alison Steadman reprises her role as Gavin’s outspoken mum Pam (pictured R in 2008)

Larry Lamb looks happy to be playing Gavin's dad Mick

Larry is pictured as Mick in a 2008 episode

Mick’s back! Larry Lamb reprises his role as Gavin’s dad Mick (pictured R in 2008)

Stacey's Uncle Bryn is played by funnyman Rob Brydon

Bryn is pictured in a 2008 episode

Funny man: Stacey’s Uncle Bryn is played by funnyman Rob Brydon (pictured R in 2008)

Melanie Walters plays Stacey's mother Gwen

Melanie is pictured as Gwen in a 2008 episode

Here she is: Stacey’s mum Gwen is played by Melanie Walters in the special (pictured R in 2008)

Stacey's brother Jason is played by actor Jason Wilfort

Jason is pictured in a 2008 episode

Sibling: Stacey’s brother Jason is played by actor Jason Wilfort in the show (R-2008)

Fans of the hit comedy series set in Wales and Essex are eagerly anticipating a Christmas Day special after the last episode aired ten years ago. 

Gavin and Stacey is written by and co-stars Ruth and James. The festive special sees Uncle Bryn, played by Rob, cooking a very big Christmas dinner in Barry for the extended family.  

James and Ruth recently admitted the first draft of the ‘Gavin & Stacey’ Christmas special wasn’t ‘good enough’. 

The talented pair feared they were being ‘naive’ about plans for a one-off revival when they were struggling with the script almost a decade after the show came to an end. 

Jamestold Radio Times magazine: ‘We’d confused ourselves in 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. 

‘We’d written about 40 pages, and we sat 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.”

Ruth says the duo stepped away from writing for a day and later chatted about the issues as they dined with their partners David Peet and Julia Carey. 

She said: ‘We did then identify what it was. There needed to be a heart to it, a big moment that resonated.’  

Speaking to BBC Wales last month, Ruth revealed that the episode had wrapped and is ready to hit screens on Christmas Day this year.

Ruth, who plays Nessa Jenkins in the hit BBC series, explained: ‘It’s all done and dusted, kippers and custard! It’s in the can, as they say. 

‘It was really good fun, it was a very smooth shoot. It was gorgeous to see everybody again.’ 

The actress added that she was overwhelmed by the reaction the cast received when they returned to Barry in Wales to shoot scenes for the one-hour festive episode. 

She said: ‘Being in Barry was insane, we had the best welcome ever. It was quite handy because I just went in character and just talked to everybody like Nessa, which was great because I could just be rude. 

‘I’d just go, ‘Oh, love, what you doing here? Back off!’ I loved that because you could just hide behind rudeness.’ 

Hit show: The reunion was confirmed in May, and sparked euphoria among die-hard fans who couldn't wait to hear the latest on the titular couple

Hit show: The reunion was confirmed in May, and sparked euphoria among die-hard fans who couldn’t wait to hear the latest on the titular couple

Although details of the storyline for the special are being kept under wraps, Larry – who plays Gavin’s dad Mick Shipman in the show – has promised fans they will get ‘everything they want’ from the reunion.     

The reunion was confirmed in May, and sparked euphoria among die-hard fans who couldn’t wait to hear the latest on the titular couple.

Gavin and Stacey was broadcast on BBC Three, BBC Two and BBC One from May 2007 until January 2010 for three series.  

Teasing details about the upcoming reboot episode, screen star James, 40, recently revealed the lengths he went to in order to write the script, despite his busy schedule.

Due to the fact that he lives in LA and Ruth lives in the UK, James explained: ‘We wrote the new script over Facetime.   

‘I would get up at 4am, and work with Ruth until it was time to take Max to school…’

The writing powerhouse were keen to keep their decision to themselves as they didn’t want to feel pressure to make something that might not work. 

He told GQ: ‘We didn’t tell anyone we were doing it, certainly not the BBC. We thought, ‘We’ll do it for us and we’ll know if it’s right’. We’ve seen too many people ruin what they’ve done – for no reason.’  

Recently released odds from Ladbrokes are picking Gavin and Stacey to be the most watched show on Christmas Day.

After the teaser for the show was released on Tuesday morning the bookies have responded by pricing it at just a 1/3 shot to be the most watched show on December 25th.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: ‘Fans can’t wait to see what Gavin and Stacey have been up to and it looks as though the Christmas special will easily smash viewing figures and surpass everything else on December 25th.’   

The one-hour episode will air on Christmas Day 2019 on BBC One.

Where are they now? The one-hour episode will air on Christmas Day 2019 on BBC One

Where are they now? The one-hour episode will air on Christmas Day 2019 on BBC One

 

 

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