What we know about the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special

The BBC sitcom is returning for one last festive episode, but what can fans expect?

The cast of Gavin & Stacey filming the 2019 Christmas special
The Gavin & Stacey cast are reuniting for a final Christmas special. (BBC)

Gavin & Stacey fans rejoice. A special, one-off final episode is currently in the works and will arrive Christmas Day 2024.

Ever since the show aired its final series 14 years ago, fans have been asking the same question — could the sitcom ever make a comeback? Well, now the answer is yes, and we don’t have too long to wait before we can see it.

The BBC comedy was one of the most beloved shows of the Noughties, following Gavin Shipman (Mathew Horne) and Stacey West’s (Joanna Page) love story from over-the-phone colleagues in Essex and South Wales to meeting up, marrying and combining their quirky families.

Gavin & Stacey last made a welcome return for a Christmas special in 2019. But rather than leaving fans satisfied with loose ends tied up, a huge cliffhanger meant there were more questions than answers, which fans could finally see satisfied this Christmas.

James Corden, Joanna Page, Mathew Horne and Ruth Jones on the set of the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special
The 2019 Christmas special left fans with more questions than answers. (BBC)

The final Gavin & Stacey Christmas special will air on BBC One and iPlayer on Christmas Day 2024 on BBC One and iPlayer. The start time has yet to be confirmed.

The new episode will be written, as usual, by co-creators Ruth Jones and James Corden — who has more time on his hands since quitting The Late Late Show in the US — and their characters Nessa and Smithy are expected to play a big part in the new storyline.

While the show is called Gavin & Stacey, supporting characters Nessa and Smithy took centre stage for the last installment five years ago, with their on-off romance reaching a cliffhanger as Nessa proposed and the credits rolled before a stunned Smithy could reply.

Fans will be hoping the new episode will finally show what happened on Christmas night in 2019, and what the characters have done since then.

News of the episode was confirmed by the BBC in May 2024 after much speculation. In a statement, Jones and Corden said: “Some news… It’s official!!! We have finished writing the last ever episode of Gavin and Stacey. See you on Christmas Day, BBC One. Love Ruth and James.”

Ruth Jones and James Corden in a scene from Gavin & Stacey
The finale was co-written by Ruth Jones and James Corden. (BBC)

The cast for the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special has yet to be announced by the BBC, so stay tuned for any news, but we expect all the main stars to reprise their roles.

Ruth Jones, Alison Steadman, Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, Rob Brydon, and James Corden pose with the award for Comedy for Gavin & Stacey during the South Bank Show Awards 2008
The final series of Gavin & Stacey aired 14 years ago. (Getty)

News of the finale puts a firm full stop on any hopes for a new series — but at least we’ll have one final story to enjoy. The third and final series aired between November 2009 and and January 2010.

Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon as Nessa and Bryn in Gavin & Stacey
Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon as Nessa and Bryn in Gavin & Stacey. (BBC)

The much-talked-about final scene from the 2019 Christmas special left viewers open-mouthed and desperate to find out what happened next.

The festive episode saw Smithy (Corden) considering getting engaged to a woman who didn’t do much to impress his loved ones by making fun of his weight and not putting much effort into getting to know Neil The Baby, Smithy’s son with former flame Nessa (Jones).

But in a shock final moment after Smithy’s girlfriend Sonia left Barry, Nessa popped the question to on-off lover Smithy — with the credits rolling before he gave his answer.

The Gavin & Stacey 2024 Christmas special will air on 25 December on BBC One and iPlayer