Gavin and Stacey’s Matthew Horne will be a ‘tired old dad’ with a grown-up kid in new Christmas special


GAVIN and Stacey star Matthew Horne has revealed his character is a “tired old dad” with a grown-up kid.

He gave away the huge spoiler after co-writer James Corden announced the hit show’s return for a new Christmas special.

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The Gavin and Stacey cast are reuniting for a Christmas special[/caption]

In an interview with Radio 5 Live, Matthew said: “There’s very, very little I can give away – suffice to say he’s a little bit tired… and he’s a dad with an almost grown up child.

“I think the audience will be pleasantly surprised and warmed by what they see … I have every confidence people are going to really like it.”

It was the first insight into what fans should expect from the one-off special later this year.

Rumours were rife that Matthew and James were no longer on speaking terms following a flop BBC Three sketch show and “atrocious” movie after their Gavin & Stacey success.


Matthew Horne played Gavin on the hit show[/caption]


Matthew seen nine years after he finished filming Gavin & Stacey[/caption]

James previously said of their rift: “We were riding this amazing wave and then it just dropped. In one year we spent 263 days together and we went from that to nothing.

“We didn’t speak for a few months. We both had to find and establish ourselves outside the two of us. We never planned to be a double act.”

But after James announced the Christmas Day return of the sitcom set in Essex and Barry, South Wales it seems their relationship is firmly back on track.

Revealing its return, James said on Tuesday: “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 ⁦@BBCOne⁩ #GavinandStacey.”

He shared a snap of the script’s front page, but didn’t give away any details about where the show will pick up from.

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Gavin and Stacey fans are set to finally get the reunion with James and Mathew that they’ve been waiting for[/caption]

At the end of the final series, viewers were delighted to discover Gavin and Stacey were expecting their first child together despite their fertility problems.

That means their baby would be around nine years old if the series were to come back in real-time.

Fans also hope the unexpected new episode will finally reveal what really happened on the fishing trip between Uncle Bryn and Jason.

They’ve been begging James and Ruth to tell all about the mysterious camping trip.

One wrote: “All I wanna know is what happened on the fishing trip.”


Fans are excited to see their favourite characters back on screen this Christmas[/caption]

A second chimed: “Please let us know what happened on the fishing trip.”

Another tweeted: “Maybe we could find out what happens on the fishing trip.”

Writers James and Ruth have given away clues about what happened but have never revealed the truth.

What we do know about the fishing trip debacle is that it involved soup, “defied the laws of gravity” and happened because it was cold.

It’s also heavily hinted that it involves nudity and Bryn confirmed that it is “legal in Wales”.

Speaking in a 2011 interview, Ruth said of the fishing trip: “In the last episode of Gavin and Stacey we wrote into the script a flashback which explained what happened on the fishing trip but it didn’t make it into the final cut.

“It’s still out there somewhere on some computer. I’m a big fan of people using their imaginations.”

James – who now hosts The Late Late Show in the US – wrote the hit seriesalongside co-star Ruth.

It ran for three series on the BBC – plus a Christmas Special – from 2007 until 2010.


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