James Corden said co-writer Ruth Jones will ‘know when it’s right’ to bring back Gavin and Stacey and they will figure it out together, ‘if that ever happens’, so maybe don’t hold your breath?
The 2019 Christmas special ended on a cliff-hanger, with Jones’s character, Nessa Jenkins, down on one knee proposing to Corden’s Smithy.
The comeback special won the Impact Award at the 2020 National Television Awards, and star Joanna Page is raring to film another episode, sooner rather than later.
As always though, it’s not a definite thing, with writer and actor Corden saying it was ‘a big if’.
The Bafta-winning TV comedy ran for three seasons from 2007 to 2010 before its return for the special Christmas episode almost a decade later.
‘I wish I could say it’s up to me,’ he told Vernon Kay on BBC Radio 2. ‘The best thing about Gavin & Stacey is that it’s Ruth and I, and, if I’m being completely honest, her judgement is exceptional.
‘I realise the ending of that special does very definitely tease something else. It’s always been the two of us, it’s always been, and we can’t write separately.
‘We’ve never been able to write over Zoom or anything at all. We’ve just got to be in a room together, talking with a pack of Post-It Notes and a pen, and at some point we get a laptop out, but that’s even way down the line – and she just always knows.
‘I trust her so much. She is, I think, a genius… I would be excited just to be in a room with her. I’m going to see her this summer, but I doubt we’ll talk about the show.’
The Late, Late Show host went on to say that the last few times he and Ruth had spoken ‘we haven’t even mentioned it’ as their relationship is always a ‘friendship first’.
He added: ‘I’m so proud of the fact – what are we now, 15 years on or whatever? – we love each other so much and our families and all those things, so she’ll know when it’s right and together we’ll figure it out. If that ever happens, but I do think it’s a big if, I don’t think it’s a when.’
Corden also confirmed that he is going to have ‘a bit more free time’ from next year and it will give him chance for them to ‘be together’.
The actor and presenter also said he was ‘so touched’ whenever anybody asks about Gavin and Stacey and that it was ‘incredible how people care about those characters’.
Jones has previously said the door is ‘closed but not locked’ for the return of the hit show.