The beloved sitcom Gavin & Stacey is returning for a one-off Christmas special this year.

The show's co-creator James Corden tweeted the news on Tuesday (May 28), posting a picture of the new script along with the message: "Ruth Jones and I have been keeping this secret for a while...

"We’re excited to share it with you. See you on Christmas Day."

The Bafta-winning series was written and created by Corden and Jones. They also starred in the show alongside Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman.

Corden and Jones said in a statement: "Over the last ten years we’ve talked a lot about Gavin and Stacey - where they might be today and what their lives might look like.

"And so in secret we took the plunge and wrote this one hour special. We’ve loved revisiting Barry and Essex again and bringing the characters back together has been a joy.

"We’re so excited to get the chance to work with our fabulous cast and crew once more and to give fans of the show a festive treat this Christmas."

James Corden and Ruth Jones "so excited" about Gavin & Stacey Christmas special

Gavin & Stacey aired over three series, plus a Christmas special, from 2007 to 2010 on the BBC.

It told the story of Gavin (Horne), from Essex, and Stacey (Page), from Barry in Wales, who fell in love and married after speaking on the phone to each other every day at work.

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