James Corden announces 'Gavin & Stacey' is coming back for a 2019 Christmas special

James Corden announces 'Gavin & Stacey' is coming back for a 2019 Christmas special

It's been over nine years since the final episode of the hit British sitcom aired, but while it seemed that it was all over - the beloved cast are making a comeback for a Christmas special later this year.

The show - which starred Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, James Corden, Ruth Jones, and Rob Brydon - was a breakout hit on BBC Three before it later moved to BBC One. Corden was propelled to fame from his role in the show (which he also co-created with Jones), and has now announced that it will be back.

Here's a classic clip from the show:

"Ruth Jones and I have been keeping this secret for a while," the actor actor turned late night host wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of the script. "We're excited to share it with you. See you on Christmas Day."

Via the BBC, both Corden and Jones made a statement about the show and what fans can expect in December:

"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. Thank you BBC for helping to make this happen."

With Corden's announcement tweet getting over 20,000 retweets in just a few hours, it's fair to say that fans are very excited about the upcoming special.

Charlotte Moore, the Director of BBC Content, also made a comment on the news, sharing Corden's enthusiasm for their unexpected return.

“Everyone at the BBC is hugely excited to be welcoming back Gavin and Stacey to BBC One this Christmas," she 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.”

The award-winning show will air the new episode on Christmas Day on BBC One.