Joanna Page and Larry Lamb from Gavin And Stacey come together for a TV appearance to discuss the possibility of the sitcom’s revival

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Gavin And Stacey stars Joanna Page and Larry Lamb addressed rumours of the sitcom’s return once again, during a TV joint appearance on Thursday. 

Reuniting for ITV’s Loose Women, the actress, 47, who played lead character Stacey Shipman, and the actor, 76, who starred as her onscreen father Mick, firmly shut down any hopes fans had of the show coming back. 

Earlier this year, reports circulated online claiming the cast was set to film a new episode over the summer with the plan to air it at Christmas, five years on from a dramatic cliffhanger.

However, co-creator Ruth Jones and other castmembers have since shutdown the rumours, with Joanna and Larry backing her up. 

Getting the question out of the way, Joanna asked Larry if the series would ever return, to which he replied: ‘Definitely not. Right now, I’d say definitely not. But I’ve never been very good at gambling.’

Joanna Page and Larry Lamb from Gavin And Stacey come together for a TV appearance to discuss the possibility of the sitcom’s revival

Gavin And Stacey stars Joanna Page, 47, and Larry Lamb, 76, addressed rumours of the sitcom’s return once again, during a TV joint appearance on Thursday

Recalling their very first meeting, Larry continued: ‘We didn’t meet until the very first morning hat we read it around a table a soho. We all met that day apart from Rob Brydon who couldn’t be there.’

Joanna added: ‘I wore a yellow top and cardigan to create the impression of being really friendly.’

When asked by presenter Charlene White if they would like to film another episode, both Larry and Joanna agreed that they would come back given the chance.  

Larry added: ‘We do have a WhatsApp group but it is very sparse. It goes for about two or three months then something comes out.’

In February, Gavin And Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones has shut down rumours that the British sitcom was returning for a Christmas special.

The Welsh actress, who starred in and co-created the show with James Corden, confirmed it was ‘sadly a rumour’ on RTE Radio 1. 

Asked about the reports, she said: ‘Apparently there’s a bidding war going on between the BBC and Netflix and I love it because it says ‘a source says’, who is this source?’

Jones added: ‘It’s sadly a rumour… All I can say is, if there was something to say on that front, James and I would happily announce it, we would.’

Reuniting for ITV's Loose Women, the actress, who played lead character Stacey Shipman, and the actor, who starred as her onscreen father Mick, firmly shut down any hopes fans had

Reuniting for ITV’s Loose Women, the actress, who played lead character Stacey Shipman, and the actor, who starred as her onscreen father Mick, firmly shut down any hopes fans had

Earlier this year, reports circulated online claiming the cast was set to film a new episode over the summer with the plan to air it at Christmas, five years on from a dramatic cliffhanger

Earlier this year, reports circulated online claiming the cast was set to film a new episode over the summer with the plan to air it at Christmas, five years on from a dramatic cliffhanger

Getting the question out of the way, Joanna asked Larry if the series would ever return, to which he replied: 'Definitely not. But I've never been very good at gambling'

Getting the question out of the way, Joanna asked Larry if the series would ever return, to which he replied: ‘Definitely not. But I’ve never been very good at gambling’

The actress, who played Nessa in the beloved show, revealed that she thinks the rumours were sparked after she was photographed having lunch with Corden a few months back after he returned to the UK from living in America.

‘Then the next thing is ‘Oh my god they must be writing more Gavin And Stacey’, which is lovely,’ she said.

‘It’s lovely that people are so desperate for it because imagine if it was the opposite and were like ‘Oh, god, you’re not bringing that back again’.’

US outlet Deadline reported on Tuesday that the new special was in development/pre-production stages currently and that it will be produced by Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow, Jones’ Tidy Productions and Fulwell 73, which is co-owned by Corden.

The comedy followed the two titular characters Gavin and Stacey, played by Mathew Horne and Joanna Page, as they pursued a relationship across Essex and Wales.

It ran for three series from 2007 to 2010, returning in 2019 for a festive special which picked up 10 years after the previous instalment.

At the climax of the episode, Nessa got down on one knee to propose to Smithy, played by Corden, but viewers did not get to hear his response.

In February, Gavin And Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones has shut down rumours that the British sitcom was returning for a Christmas special

In February, Gavin And Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones has shut down rumours that the British sitcom was returning for a Christmas special 

James Corden, Joanna Page, Matthew Horne, Ruth Jones all starred in the classic sitcom

James Corden, Joanna Page, Matthew Horne, Ruth Jones all starred in the classic sitcom 

The pair had an on-off relationship during the series and in the special it was revealed they were successfully co-parenting their son, Neil.

Reflecting on the cliffhanger, Jones said: ‘I quite like the idea of it just lingering there and us wondering ‘What did she say? Are they together?’

‘I think she’s (Nessa) still working down the slots, probably coaching the Welsh rugby team because she’s very good at that.’

The show also starred Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb as Gavin’s mother Pam and father Mick while Melanie Walters and Rob Brydon portrayed Stacey’s widowed mother Gwen and her eccentric uncle Bryn.

During its time it graduated from BBC Three to BBC One and picked up multiple accolades including Bafta and British Comedy Awards gongs.

Speaking about what the show means to her, Jones said: ‘James and I talk about Gavin And Stacey a lot because of course we do, it’s a huge part of our lives.

‘We love those characters. We often say ‘Oh, imagine if Bryn’s doing this and Nessa came in’.’

She added: ‘People say that the show got them through bad times in their life – grieving or divorce or illness. What a compliment that is…

‘I am complimented and so is James. We are completely grateful for what it’s done for us in our lives, because it has done a huge amount.’

The last time Gavin and Stacey aired was in 2019, when a Christmas special saw Nessa - played by Jones - get down on one knee and propose to Cordon's Smithy

The last time Gavin and Stacey aired was in 2019, when a Christmas special saw Nessa – played by Jones – get down on one knee and propose to Cordon’s Smithy 

Gavin and Stacey followed the love story of Joanna and Mathew Horne's characters as they navigated their family lives in Essex and Wales

Gavin and Stacey followed the love story of Joanna and Mathew Horne’s characters as they navigated their family lives in Essex and Wales 

Fans of the iconic British sitcom shared their delight at the show's return on social media

Fans of the iconic British sitcom shared their delight at the show’s return on social media

The 2019 festive special scored the highest overnight Christmas ratings in 12 years when it aired, attracting an average audience of 11.6 million viewers, making it the biggest festive special since Christmas Day 2008.

 It saw Nessa – played by Jones – get down on one knee and propose to Smithy. The episode left a huge cliffhanger, with viewers left to wonder what would happen to the pair and their unexpected relationship.

The special also went on to win the impact award at the National Television Awards in 2020.

Fans have long hoped Corden’s decision to move back to the UK following his eight-year stint hosting The Late Late Show in the US will increase the chances of making another episode.

Speculation went into overdrive after Corden, 45, was spotted meeting co-creator Ruth Jones, 57, in London’s Soho in November. 

One fan wrote on X, formerly Twitter: ‘GAVIN AND STACY AHHHHHHHHH’. Another said: ‘Gavin & Stacey is back?!?! OMG I suddenly feel so much better!!!’ A third said: ‘OMG YES’. A fourth wrote: ‘Gavin & Stacey back for a Christmas special! O M and G!!’

Sheridan Smith addressed the possibility of a reboot of the smash hit sitcom in an interview late last year. 

Speaking to Jason King and Kelly Brook on Heart Breakfast, Smith said she didn’t know if the show will return, but said she thinks ‘so many shows overdo it’.

The actress – who played Rudi, the sister of Corden’s Smithy – suggested that the show would not be back, despite fans ‘all wanting’ the all-star cast to return.

During her radio appearance, she said: ‘I have not a clue if they’re going to do any more or not, I really don’t know.’

‘I think what they’ve done is genius, they’ve left it on a high haven’t they, so many shows overdo it, because we all want more, we all want more Gavin & Stacey.’

Her comments came after Joanna crushed fans’ hopes of a comeback, claiming the legendary sitcom was unlikely to ever return.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ‘I can see them never doing any more because it was nice to leave it on a cliffhanger because it’s up to the viewer to imagine what would have happened. So I can imagine them ending it like that.’

Yet she added: ‘All I can say is, if they were going to do another one I hope it’s soon because we’re all getting so old, I don’t particularly want to see Stacey get that much older.

‘And if there is a comeback, I’ll find out at the same time as the public because I don’t get told anything.’

The BBC today declined to comment. 

Previously, actors Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman, who play Gavin’s father Mick and mother Pam, revealed a huge show secret that will no doubt leave many fans in shock.

Joanna previously crushed fans' hopes of a Gavin and Stacey comeback, saying the legendary sitcom is unlikely to ever return

Joanna previously crushed fans’ hopes of a Gavin and Stacey comeback, saying the legendary sitcom is unlikely to ever return 

Gavin and Stacey actors Larry Lamb (L) and Alison Steadman (R)

Gavin and Stacey actors Larry Lamb (L) and Alison Steadman (R) 

Rob Brydon as Bryn, Melanie Walters as Gwen, Larry Lamb as Mick, and Alison as Pam in 2008

Rob Brydon as Bryn, Melanie Walters as Gwen, Larry Lamb as Mick, and Alison as Pam in 2008 

Joanna previously let fans in on a secret about one of the famous Gavin & Stacey scenes from the original festive episode in 2008.

The Welsh actress said when her on-screen father-in-law Mick Shipman took to the keyboard to perform Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas but the moment was actually fake.

Joanna explained that Larry Lamb, who played Mick, had piano lessons but it made no difference as he was still ‘dreadful’ on the instrument so editors made the decision to dub the scene.

In the episode, Mick ‘played’ the festive classic while surrounded by the main cast, Gavin, Pam, Smithy and Nessa, in the Shipmans’ living room after his wife gifted him the keyboard for Christmas.

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