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Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones leads stars at press launch for much-anticipated Christmas special

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It’s arguably the most-anticipated forthcoming TV event of the festive season.

And the cast of Gavin & Stacey’s Christmas special were in London on Monday to attend the press launch for the one-off episode, with co-scribe Ruth Jones leading the way. 

Followed by the likes of Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman, Ruth looked chipper as she headed into the Soho Hotel for the media event.

The cast of Gavin & Stacey's Christmas special were in London on Monday to attend the press launch for the one-off episode, with co-scribe Ruth Jones leading the way

The cast of Gavin & Stacey’s Christmas special were in London on Monday to attend the press launch for the one-off episode, with co-scribe Ruth Jones leading the way

The actress, 53, wore all-black – a thick wintry poncho over leather trousers and heeled suede boots.

She carried a grey purse over her shoulder and added silver hooped earrings to the ensemble, her auburn mane loosely around her shoulders.

Her writing partner James Cordon was a no-show – most likely due to his chat show host duties in Los Angeles – but Ruth was swiftly followed by Mathew Horne, 41, who plays the titular Gavin in the returning sitcom.

Mathew wore a black jacket over a matching shirt, jeans and casual trainers, looking smiley ahead of the screening. 

Followed by: The likes of Rob Brydon were also in attendance

Followed by: The likes of Alison Steadman were also in attendance

Followed by: The likes of Rob Brydon and Alison Steadman were also in attendance

Cheery: Ruth looked chipper as she headed into the Soho Hotel for the media event in a thick winter poncho

Cheery: Ruth looked chipper as she headed into the Soho Hotel for the media event in a thick winter poncho

Star of the show: Ruth was swiftly followed by Mathew Horne, 41, who plays the titular Gavin in the returning sitcom

Star of the show: Ruth was swiftly followed by Mathew Horne, 41, who plays the titular Gavin in the returning sitcom

Speaking to BBC Wales last month, Ruth revealed that the episode had wrapped and is ready to hit screens on Christmas Day this year.

Ruth, who plays Nessa Jenkins in the hit BBC series, explained: ‘It’s all done and dusted, kippers and custard! It’s in the can, as they say. 

‘It was really good fun, it was a very smooth shoot. It was gorgeous to see everybody again.’ 

The actress added that she was overwhelmed by the reaction the cast received when they returned to Barry in Wales to shoot scenes for the one-hour festive episode. 

Gavin's here: Mathew wore a black jacket over a matching shirt, jeans and casual trainers, looking smiley ahead of the screening

Gavin's here: Mathew wore a black jacket over a matching shirt, jeans and casual trainers, looking smiley ahead of the screening

Gavin’s here: Mathew wore a black jacket over a matching shirt, jeans and casual trainers, looking smiley ahead of the screening

Back in business: Rob strutted along in a white shirt and camel slacks, brandishing a briefcase

Back in business: Rob strutted along in a white shirt and camel slacks, brandishing a briefcase

On the Lamb: Larry Lamb looked delighted to be in attendance ahead of the show's return

On the Lamb: Larry Lamb looked delighted to be in attendance ahead of the show’s return

Not long now: Speaking to BBC Wales last month, Ruth revealed that the episode had wrapped

Not long now: Speaking to BBC Wales last month, Ruth revealed that the episode is ready to hit screens on Christmas Day

Not long now: Speaking to BBC Wales last month, Ruth revealed that the episode had wrapped and is ready to hit screens on Christmas Day this year

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She said: ‘Being in Barry was insane, we had the best welcome ever. It was quite handy because I just went in character and just talked to everybody like Nessa, which was great because I could just be rude. 

‘I’d just go, “Oh, love, what you doing here? Back off!” I loved that because you could just hide behind rudeness.’

The Gavin and Stacey special sees James back as Neil ‘Smithy’ Smith and Mathew and Joanna Page reprising their respective titular roles as married couple Gavin and Stacey Shipman. 

Although details of the storyline for the special are being kept under wraps, Larry – who plays Gavin’s dad Mick Shipman in the show – has promised fans they will get ‘everything they want’ from the reunion.   

Stellar cast: Melanie Walters arrived alongside the others

Back at it: Rob reprises the role of Bryn West

Stellar cast: Melanie Walters arrived alongside the others

Hosting duties: Rylan Clark Neal was there to host the screening and Q&A

Hosting duties: Rylan Clark Neal was there to host the screening and Q&A

The reunion was confirmed in May, and sparked euphoria among die-hard fans who couldn’t wait to hear the latest on the titular couple.

Gavin and Stacey was broadcast on BBC Three, BBC Two and BBC One from May 2007 until January 2010 for three series.  

Teasing details about the upcoming reboot episode, screen star James, 40, recently revealed the lengths he went to in order to write the script, despite his busy schedule.

Hush hush: Although details of the storyline for the special are being kept under wraps, Larry - who plays Gavin's dad Mick Shipman in the show - has promised fans they will get 'everything they want' from the reunion

Hush hush: Although details of the storyline for the special are being kept under wraps, Larry - who plays Gavin's dad Mick Shipman in the show - has promised fans they will get 'everything they want' from the reunion

Hush hush: Although details of the storyline for the special are being kept under wraps, Larry – who plays Gavin’s dad Mick Shipman in the show – has promised fans they will get ‘everything they want’ from the reunion

Excitement builds:,The reunion was confirmed in May, and sparked euphoria among die-hard fans who couldn't wait to hear the latest on the titular couple

Excitement builds:,The reunion was confirmed in May, and sparked euphoria among die-hard fans who couldn’t wait to hear the latest on the titular couple

Due to the fact that he lives in LA and Ruth lives in the UK, James explained: ‘We wrote the new script over Facetime.   

‘I would get up at 4am, and work with Ruth until it was time to take Max to school…’

The writing powerhouse were keen to keep their decision to themselves as they didn’t want to feel pressure to make something that might not work. 

He told GQ: ‘We didn’t tell anyone we were doing it, certainly not the BBC. We thought, “We’ll do it for us and we’ll know if it’s right”. We’ve seen too many people ruin what they’ve done – for no reason.’

The one-hour episode will air on Christmas Day 2019 on BBC One.

 

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