Ruth Jones has dropped a tantalising hint that a Gavin and Stacey comeback is in the pipeline.
The writer and actress, who played Nessa in the hit BBC sitcom, revealed she’d spoken this week with co-writer James “Smithy” Corden about plot lines.
Bookmakers have now slashed the odds of the show making a welcome return, sparking excitement among fans.
The massively popular series ran for three years but ended in 2010 after tying up the loose ends.
But asked during an interview on ITV’s Lorraine if she ever wondered where the characters would be now, she said: “James and I were talking about this the other day.
“I think baby Neil, who’s now 11, Nessa is training him down the slots.
“She’s training him in the art of the dodgy grabbing machine and all of that kind of thing and how to wait for the two-pences.”
Ladbrokes have cut the odds of the Bafta-winning show returning for at least one episode to 5/4, which means the bookies now think it’s almost as likely to happen as not.
Rob Brydon previously said: “If James and Ruth want to do it then I think we’d all do it.
“It’s them really. I think it’s a real balance between, ‘let’s leave it on a high, people love it,’ but there’s also a big feeling of, ‘oh, it would be so lovely to get back together and do a special’.
“Just one Christmas special, that would be nice. In the past I’ve always said I don’t want to do any more because I wanted to leave it on a high, but I must admit I’m mellowing in my old age.
“I’m thinking now, it would be lovely because everyone likes each other.”
The biggest drawback could be James Corden’s other TV commitments, including hosting The Late, Late Show in America as well as Sky1’s A League of Their Own.
But fans are now pleading with the writers to make it happen.
i think there is going to be a gavin and stacey reunion OH EM GEE
— lucy (@flickerjcm) April 18, 2018
finding out that there may be a new series of gavin and stacey has made my year
— Harriet (@hurstyharriet) April 18, 2018
— Em Stapleton (@EmStapleton) April 18, 2018
i actually heard today that gavin & stacey might be returning please make this happen 🙏
— Phillip Adams (@PhillipAdams90) April 17, 2018
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Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said: “As far as the odds are concerned, it looks like a comeback is what’s occurring for Gavin and Stacey.”
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