A satire about the pros and cons of show business, as told by a variety of real-life French actors, among whom is the legendary Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Oh! What's occurring? Christmas on Barry Island , That 's what. Ten Years since we left the fab four - Gavin, Stacey, Nessa and Smithy - on the Welsh seafront, they're back with a festive special That will have you cackling over your Christmas Pudding and blubbing into your Babycham. Probably at the same Time .Christmas Eve down the pub hasn't changed much
We sat down with Ruth Jones , James Corden and the rest of The Gang to find out how the episode came about a decade on, how our favourite Welsh/Essex couples are finding parenthood and if we'll ever find out what happened on That fishing trip.A logistical nightmare
Geography - not to mention James's hugely successful US gig as The Host of The Late, Late Show - was "a big problem in getting The Show off the ground," explains Ruth, who plays Stacey's closest friend Nessa.
"James and I live on different continents. We wanted to be sure if we did bring it back That it was good. Ever since it finished, James and I have always secretly texted each other lines for the characters. "
"There was very much a feeling of the Time to do it is when you don't need to. "Corden is now a big name across The Pond
However, even after sorting out the logistics, the writing didn't come easily at first.
"We got to the end of the week and there were times when we thought: 'This isn't happening,'" she says.
"We argue, we have a brother/sister relationship. [But ] our friendship is so strong. "
Then there was just the small problem of getting the cast back together after a long hiatus.
"We were so lucky, James gave up his summer holiday to come over, to find out if everyone was available - it was a miracle, we found a two-and-a-half week period. It felt like a good luck omen.
"James and I contacted half the cast each. [They were] lovely phone calls to make! Thank God they said yes as we'd written The Script by then!"Getting hold of The Actors wasn't straightforward… The Fishing trip question just won't go Away . .
Joanna Page , who plays Stacey, proved particularly elusive.
"Ruth got In Touch with me using every form [of Communication ] - and I'm not very good at getting back In Touch . I didn't respond for a bit, I was busy with The Kids . I'm The Mother of three children! [When I saw the messages asking me to call her] I thought, 'This is either something really good or it will be dodgy photos But why would they go through Ruth? !'"
Ruth's persistence finally paid off.
"I was so excited waiting for The Script ," says Joanna.
"I was sat in the Car Park reading it, emailing Ruth and James, quoting their lines back at them!"
Robert Wilfort, who plays Stacey's brother Jason, was sceptical when he first got The Call .
"When James rang from LA, I thought it was a scam from some Nigerian prince!" he jokes.
James also had to call Melanie Walters , who plays Stacey's mother Gwen, four times as she also thought it was a scam: "I didn't recognise the number!"And then they all got the jitters… The Sutcliffes pop round to Pam (Alison Steadman - Third from left to right) and Mick's (Larry Lamb - left) before Christmas
Larry Lamb , who plays Gavin's father Mick, says: "When James said what was to happen… I thought, can they carry this off? Then three months of not telling anyone, [just] lying! Now I've seen it I feel extraordinarily overcome with emotion. You turn up at rehearsal and you feel scared. But it's everything you hoped it would be and more. "
Joanna, who had taken Time out to raise her children, says she asked herself, "Can I even act anymore?" while Matt Horne, who plays Gavin, also felt nervous at first.
"Then The Nerves kicked in. The Script is brilliant. It's The Best episode we've ever done, it's sensational. After Day One , everything settled down and The Nerves went. All The Actors love each other, we have a great Time and It Comes across on screen. It's really easy to act around really great Actors - Jo went to Rada!"Rob Brydon is Chief Minister of fun Nessa and Uncle Bryn Just Love a duet
Rob, who plays Stacey's Uncle Bryn, has One abiding memory from filming, some of which took place during a heatwave.
"It was so hot! Bryn's trousers and jumper are 100% polyester, the tie is 100% polyester, the shirt was the same and I was sweating!
"It's the happiest job I've ever done. Joyous. I had tears in my eyes watching it back. I'm thrilled. "
"I don't know, they've never told me!" Grrrrr.Margaret is much missed Margaret John played One of The Show 's best loved characters
Ruth explains One particular scene: "Maggie was such a special woman, incredibly talented and we wanted to pay homage to her, to raise a glass and undercut it as Doris, as a character, was rude. I think Maggie would have loved it.
"The biggest sadness was not having Doris there. She was an auntie to everyone. "The pressures of parenting
Ruth says: "I absolutely adore Nessa. I feel brave and so At Ease playing her. It's liberating playing her.
One of The Key themes of The Show is One many couples with children will be familiar with. How do you make Time for each other, keep your relationship strong and maintain intimacy when raising young kids is so all-consuming?The Inn What will the fans think?
"But there was very little That we cut. Gavin and Stacey looking at photos of The Kids in Nativity went. But the BBC were very kind, it was meant to be an hour, it's a little bit over But they said That 's fine. "Are they worried about the reaction?
Ruth doesn't rule it out.
"There are no plans But obviously there is room for it to move on, so who knows?"