EXCLUSIVE: Beloved BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey is ready to come back for another bite of the Christmas cherry.

The deadline is that the James Corden and Ruth Jones sitcom will film a new episode over the summer with the aim of airing around Christmas time this year, five years after the previous top-rated special.

We're told the series is in development/pre-production and cameras will be rolling in a few months on the show, which is produced by Steve Coogan's Baby Cow, Jones' Tidy Productions and Fulwell 73, which is co-owned by Corden.

Gavin and Stacey is undoubtedly one of the best-loved British comedies of all time and the 2019 Christmas special was the most-watched program in a decade with over 18 million viewers.

Mild spoiler: It ended on a cliffhanger, with Nessa (Jones) proposing to the always sassy but adorable Smithy (Corden). That cliffhanger sparked rumors in recent years that Corden and Jones would return to the show, noise that only grew louder with Corden's return to the UK as he ended his eight-year run. Late show passage through the United States.

Deadline reports that most of the main cast will likely return for the special. In addition to Corden and Jones, Gavin and Stacey stars Matthew Horne and Joanna Page in the lead roles, along with a cast that includes Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb and Julia Davis.

Following the ups and downs of the title characters and their beloved family and friends, the show that brought fame to the Welsh seaside town of Barry and the Essex town of Billericay began in 2007 as a short BBC Three sitcom, but quickly became a cult. fan base and was transferred to BBC One.

It ran for three seasons from 2007 to 2010, winning a BAFTA along the way, and also aired a much-loved Christmas special in 2009. The BBC hopes Gavin and Stacey could give a boost to what has been a quiet couple of Christmases, with the most watched program in 2023 being the King's Christmas Message followed by a Come dance strictly special watched by just over 5 million.

The 2019 Christmas special was not without controversy. The episode featured Nessa and Bryn, played by Brydon, singing a karaoke duet of 'Fairytale of New York' by the Pogues that included a homosexual slur, which was not bleeped. The slur was removed from BBC iPlayer and reruns of the program the following year.

Corden returns

Since ending his late night show on CBS, Corden has been relatively coy about his next moves. Its 1,000 episodes last The late show made him a household name in the US and starred in films such as Pedro Coelho, Cats It is Superintelligence.

He recently turned to audio when he hosted a weekly Sirius XM show titled This life of mine with James Corden, for which he has already spoken with names such as Martin Scorsese, Kim Kardashian and David Beckham.

Speaking at the RTS Cambridge Convention late last year, he spoke about “feeling compelled to return home” after almost a decade The late show, by urging British TV decision-makers to take more risks in line with Gavin and Stacey commission for almost 20 years. At the time, Corden said he didn't know if he would do more Gavin and Stacey but emphasized that he would “love to do something together again” with Jones.

Gavin and Stacey is the second BBC comedy to be revealed by Deadline last week, following Coogan's reveal of an Alan Partridge comedy documentary series titled And those feet…, which is also made by Baby Cow.

The BBC, Baby Cow's parent company, BBC Studios and Fulwell 73, declined to comment on Gavin and Stacey. The deadline has arrived at Tidy Productions.