The BBC’s comedy series, ‘Gavin and Stacey’ are returning to the broadcaster this Christmas for a one-off Christmas special.

Taking to social media, James Corden made the announcement that himself and Ruth Jones, who also stars in the show had been working the long talked about script.

In a joint statement, Corden and Jones – who also stars in the show – said: “Over the last ten years we’ve talked a lot about Gavin and Stacey – where they might be today and what their lives might look like.

“And so in secret, we took the plunge and wrote this one-hour special.

“We’ve loved revisiting Barry and Essex again, and bringing the characters back together has been a joy.

“We’re so excited to get the chance to work with our fabulous cast and crew once more and to give fans of the show a festive treat this Christmas.”

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The show originally ran for a total of 20 episodes covering three seasons between 2007 and 2010. It followed the long-distance relationship of Gavin (Mathew Horne), an Englishman and Stacey (Joanna Page) a Welsh woman and the merging of their quirky families and friends. Corden played Gavin’s best friend, Smithey, while Jones played Stacey’s best friend, Vanessa.

Both Corden and Jones will reprise their roles alongside the original cast of Mathew Horne and Joanna Page plus Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: “We can’t wait to see what’s happened to everyone over the last nine years, and what’s next for one of the nation’s favourite comedy families.”