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Britons Abuzz as Iconic Gavin & Stacey Sitcom Emerges from 9-Year Oblivion

At a time when the future of the UK is so uncertain, what could be more soothing than the return of a popular TV series? An avalanche of wholesome reaction on social media shows that despite its almost decade-long absence, the sitcom still has many ardent fans.

One of the greatest British comedy series is returning for a one-off special.

It's been almost ten years since the BAFTA-winning Gavin & Stacey sitcom drew to a close, and the cast and crew are thrilled to get back together for a little while.

James Corden, who wrote and produced the series together with Ruth Jones, announced the comeback on Twitter on Monday.

"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," he wrote alongside a photo of a fresh script for the Christmas special.

It appears that the duo had been plotting their return in secret for quite a while.

"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," Corden and Jones said in a joint statement.

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"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. Thank you BBC for helping to make this happen."

Gavin & Stacey aired over three seasons and 20 episodes between 2007 and 2010, comprising two Christmas specials. The light-hearted sitcom following the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship between Englishman Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page) from Wales.

A Radio Times poll in April placed Gavin & Stacey 17th on the list of greatest British sitcoms of all time.

Joanna Page couldn't help but share her excitement on Twitter.

And so did scores of fans, with #GavinandStacey becoming the most trending hashtag on Twitter in the UK.

"We've never needed this more than we do right now," wrote best-selling author Rachel Hawkins.

BBC Radio 1 host Chris Stark also appeared to be agog to hear the "huge news".

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