Alison Steadman says 'Gavin and Stacey' creators never wanted show to end

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Alison Steadman said Gavin and Stacey is the role she is recognised for in the street. (BBC)
Alison Steadman said Gavin and Stacey is the role she is recognised for in the street. (BBC)

Alison Steadman has said she doesn't think Gavin and Stacey creators James Corden and Ruth Jones ever wanted the show to come to an end.

The popular sitcom finished its original three-series run in 2010, with the major cast returning to their roles for a festive special in 2019.

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That special drew almost 18.5 million viewers on Christmas Day, becoming the most watched non-sporting event on British TV in a decade.

Steadman, who plays Pam Shipman in the show, told the Mirror that there's still a great deal of love for the show — among the creative team as well as with fans.

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"I think James and Ruth never wanted Gavin and Stacey to end the first time around really," said the 75-year-old star.

Steadman added that it is "the only show that I have ever done when everyone cried" after the director called cut for the last time.

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She said: “People are constantly coming up to me in the street saying ‘will there be any more?' I can be in the supermarket and people will say ‘Paaamelaaar’ and they will ask me when it is coming back.

“We were all hugging and when we finished filming we couldn’t stop texting one another because nobody wanted it to end. We had such a lovely time."

Gavin and Stacey returned for a Christmas special in 2019, breaking TV viewership records. (Tom Jackson/BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd)
Gavin and Stacey returned for a Christmas special in 2019, breaking TV viewership records. (Tom Jackson/BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd)

The 2019 special episode ended with an enormous plot twist as Jones's character Nessa finally expressed her love for Corden's Smithy and got down on one knee to propose to him.

Fans have inevitably clamoured for another special or even a full series in order to pick up on what happens next, but there has not been any announcement from Jones or Corden.

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The latter said he does not have plans to write another episode with Jones as things stand, but said it would be "a shame" if audiences never saw the characters again.

Steadman said: "I’m not going to say anything because I have been wrong so many times, but if it does happen it will be another surprise."

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