First look at new Gavin and Stacey as James Corden and Ruth Jones start filming back in Barry Island – The Sun
13 July 2019 NEWS
GAVIN and Stacey fans lined the streets of Wales as the cast came together to start filming the Christmas special in Barry Island.
Earlier this year, James Corden and Ruth Jones revealed that the beloved characters will be returning for a one-off episode after 10 years off-air.
All of the key cast members have been spotted reprising their roles as they shot on location, with Christmas decorations being put up on the street to set the scene in preparation for its Christmas Day premiere.
The cast were filming at Gwen [Melanie Walters] home in the seaside town – withRob Brydon’scharacter, Uncle Bryn, famously living across the road.
Comic Rob was dressed in his character’s trademark costume of beige slacks and a cosy knitted cardigan over his shirt and tie.
He also had his hair swept over to one side as he waved to the excited fans who had gathered to watch shooting commence.
Alison Steadman was also in the full Pam Shipman get-up, donning a fluorescent pink tracksuit while her onscreen husband, Larry Lamb, revived Mick in a burgundy jumper and loose-fit jeans.
Joanna Page, who plays Stacey, couldn’t stop grinning as she chatted to the group, wearing a simple striped T-Shirt and with her short blonde hair loose and wavy.
Gavin also appears to have barely changed over the past decade, with actorMat Hornelaughing and joking in a Fred Perry jumper that Gav is famed for wearing.
Mat recently said that he was excited to work with the TV presenter again, sharing: “There are some sections where it says ‘Smithy and Gavlar riff on this’, so that’s going to be quite exciting for me and James to have some fun.”
Meanwhile, the sitcom’s screenwriters, James andRuth, didn’t appear to be in character mode as they oversaw production.
Shunning Nessa’s iconic slick black bob and Welsh pride tattoo, 52-year-old Ruth was casual in an oversized T-Shirt and white trousers.
James, 40, is also yet to transform into Smithy as he wore a black T-Shirt with a pair of headphones around his neck as he joined the crew.
Earlier this week, formerEastEnders’ star Larry claimed that the much-anticipated reboot is “perfect”as he was quizzed about the special on Loose Women.
The 71-year-old actor dished: “As far as I’m concerned the one thing they’ve managed to do, it’s very clever because everybody’s waiting for it, everybody’s been going on about it for ten years.
“I was just at the point where I was going to have a tattoo saying: ‘I don’t know, don’t ask me’ – and then I get a phone call from James Corden and then I have to carry it around for two months until it all finally came through and then I got to read a script.
“They’ve not tried to turn it into a great big sort of circus or something, they’ve rolled it on and there you are ten years down the line. Everything you want is going to be there. Everything.”
Larry Lamb talks about Gavin and Stacey Christmas special on Loose Women
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The star previously revealed thathe broke down in tears when when he first read the script, with a sneak peek a cast read-through also revealing that Stacey’s brother Jason has also returned for the special.
Gavin and Staceyfirst aired in 2007 before coming to an end on New Year’s Day 2010.
The series ended with Nessa calling off her wedding to Dave Coaches as Gavin and Stacey announced that they are expecting a baby.
Fans are desperate to find out whether Nessa and Smithy have finally realised their true feelings for each other – as well as keen to see what the title characters are like as parents.
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