Gavin & Stacey's stars reveal why they wrote Christmas special

Gavin & Stacey’s Ruth Jones and James Corden reveal what made them decide to write the Christmas special… as Joanna Page admits she ‘cried’ when reading the script

The Gavin & Stacey Christmas Day special saw 11.6 million viewers tuning in, with fans later demanding more episodes.

And the hit BBC show’s writers Ruth Jones and James Corden (who play Nessa and Smithy) revealed just what made them decide to revisit the popular series almost 10 years after it ended.

Show star Joanna Page (who plays Stacey) meanwhile revealed she burst into tears after reading the new script and seeing Nessa’s legendary catchphrase ‘what’s occurring’.

Revisited: Gavin & Stacey’s Ruth Jones and James Corden reveal what made them decide to write the Christmas special

Ahead of the highly anticipated Christmas Day episode, the cast of Gavin and Stacey filmed a behind-the-scenes special for BBC Breakfast in which they discussed returning to the much-loved sitcom.

And when questioned on what made them want to revisit the lives of the couple and their loved-ones, show writers Ruth and James revealed that it was something they just had to explore.

Speaking in the clip, James, 41, explained: ‘It was more a sense of Ruth and I thinking why don’t we just explore it and see if there’s anything there, see if there’s a story there.’

They then went on to say that they had often discussed over the years what the characters would be up to.

Comeback: The BBC show’s writers revealed just what made them decide to revisit the popular series almost 10 years after it ended

Emotional: Show star Joanna Page (who plays Stacey) meanwhile revealed she burst into tears after reading the new script and seeing Nessa’s legendary catchphrase ‘what’s occurring’

Ruth, 53, said: ‘We would always exchange texts or emails about the characters about where are they now? And what are they doing now?’ 

With James adding: ‘We’d send each other little things like “I heard someone say this today in the supermarket and I thought it would be something Pam would say”.’

Opening up on the progression of the characters over the years, Ruth stated: ‘The characters in Gavin and Stacey, you do feel like they are really carrying on their lives after we left them on the seafront in Barry 10 years ago.’

The duo went on to discuss how they meet up to wrote the script, adding that they kept the whole thing a secret. 

In contact: Ruth, 53, said: ‘We would always exchange texts or emails about the characters about where are they now? And what are they doing now?’

Ideas: With James adding: ‘We’d send each other little things like “I heard someone say this today in the supermarket and I thought it would be something Pam would say”

‘We didn’t tell anybody, we just did what we did the first time round really, which was to sit in a room and talk about it and see what we had’, explained the chat show host.

With Ruth explaining: ‘We got together in LA, which sounds terribly glamorous. All we needed was two chairs and a table and we managed to do it. James put it on his Twitter account and people went berserk.’

Meanwhile, Stacey star Joanna Page revealed she cried when she read the new script for the first time and read Nessa’s infamous ‘what’s occurring’ line.

Speaking in the backstage video, the Welsh actress, 42, said: ‘When I read Nessa say to Stacey ‘Oh Stace, what’s occurring’ it made me start crying. It made me cry. 

Low-key: The duo went on to discuss how they meet up to wrote the script, adding that they kept the whole thing a secret

Job done: We got together in LA, which sounds terribly glamorous. All we needed was two chairs and a table and we managed to do it

‘I was sitting in my car after doing a read-through of something else and I was just thinking “I want to read the script, I want to read the script!” and I just thought I just love it. 

‘That I’m back with my best friend and we’re doing those scenes again. I just love looking over to Ruth and she’s got her wig on and it just feels so lovely.’

Elsewhere, Matthew Horne (who plays Gavin) told how he had ‘never been more nervous’ to revisit his character after all these years.

He explained: ‘It was a lot of pressure. All of us were nervous or anxious coming in to it. I’ve never been more nervous for a job.

Tears:Meanwhile, Stacey star Joanna Page revealed she cried when she read the new script for the first time and read Nessa’s infamous ‘what’s occurring’ line

Moved: Speaking in the backstage video, the Welsh actress, 42, said: ‘When I read Nessa say to Stacey ‘Oh Stace, what’s occurring’ it made me start crying. It made me cry

‘Because people love the show and I’d read the script, the script is fantastic, but you never know.’ 

It comes after Ruth previously hinted that there’s ‘room for more’ episodes of Gavin & Stacey after her character Nessa dramatically proposed to Smithy at the end of the Christmas Day special.

Talking about another Gavin & Stacey return, the Stella star told The Sun: ‘I do say never say never, as while we did make it work that was after three years of trying to find time when we could sit down and write it.

‘Obviously with the way it ends, there is room for more. It’s a shame we didn’t have more time when we were writing so we could have written more, then have it all ready to go.’

The episode was watched by an average of 11.6 million viewers, making it the biggest festive special since Christmas Day 2008.

Anxious: Elsewhere, Matthew Horne (who plays Gavin) told how he had ‘never been more nervous’ to revisit his character after all these years

It secured nearly half (49.2%) of the total viewing audience during its slot, according to the BBC.

While talking about Nessa’s shock proposal, she told the Mirror: ‘It’s quite difficult to show her soft side. If I’m down on one knee, it’s obvious what’s going on.

‘When I put my hand on my heart and I said, as Nessa, “I love you. No, I do, I loves you with all my heart” I really meant it to James.

Hint: It comes after Ruth previously hinted that there’s ‘room for more’ episodes of Gavin & Stacey after her character Nessa dramatically proposed to Smithy at the end of the Christmas Day special

‘We can argue, but our friendship at the heart of it is so strong. I’m proud of the journey we’ve been on together. We’ve been though a lot.’

On the Christmas Day special, Smithy’s new girlfriend Sonia made a hasty exit from Barry after being unimpressed with Gavin and Stacey’s family, leading Nessa to tell Smithy she is in love with him.

Nessa got down on one knee and presented a ring to Smithy and the episode ended immediately after she asked: ‘Marry me?’

Viewers took to social media in their droves after the cliffhanger to express their shock at the ending with many hopeful than ever for another series. 

Big moment: ‘It’s quite difficult to show her soft side. If I’m down on one knee, it’s obvious what’s going on’

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