Thursday, 26 December 2019

Gavin and Stacey Christmas special leaves fans raging over 'disappointing' ending: 'What?'

WARNING: This article contains huge spoilers about the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special

Gavin and Stacey fans gathered around their television sets to watch the hit BBC comedy make its return for a Christmas special last night, with so many questions on their tongues about what had been happening to the characters since the third season wrapped at the beginning of 2010. Smithy (played by James Corden) and Nessa Jenkins (Ruth Jones) were two iconic stars who made their comeback and by the end of the festive instalment, old feelings were resurfacing. The episode ended on a cliffhanger and while some viewers were wondering if season four would be on the cards, others were left enraged.

Longtime fans of the show know Smithy and Nessa had a complicated relationship, ever since they met when they both accompanied their respective friends, Gavin Shipman (Matthew Horne) and Stacey West (Joanna Paige) to their first date.

Over the course of the comedy’s original three season run, the pair slept together many times and even had a child together, Neil (Oscar Kennedy) who was all grown up for the festive outing.

Before the series went off air, there were hints a romance was on the cards for the iconic couple but a twist from last night’s instalment saw James Corden’s, 4, character turn up with a new girlfriend Sonia (Laura Aikman).

However, still harbouring feelings for her on/off lover, Nessa made a very bold move by proposing to him just before the credits rolled which left viewers fuming over the cliffhanger.


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Viewers quickly took to social media to comment on the ending to the one-off event, wondering if they would ever get any answers.

One fan posted on Twitter: “Loved #GavinandStacey last night but I was disappointed with the ending. It didn’t tie up the loose ends. What happened on the fishing trip? Is Nessa pregnant again with Smithy’s baby??? I need another episode now!”

Another added: “Well, I can’t concentrate for thinking about what will happen with Smithy and Ness #GavinandStacey.”

Whilst a third commented: “Noooo you can’t leave us on a cliffhanger like that!!!! #GavinandStacey.”

No way can you leave Gavin and Stacey like that

Gavin and Stacey viewer

A fourth wrote: “No way can you leave Gavin and Stacey like that, WHAT ???!!! #GavinandStacey.”

Despite the uncertainty of Smithy and Nessa’s future together, other viewers were elated with the Christmas outing.

“#JamesCorden and #RuthJones it was worth the wait.#GavinandStacey was fantastic. We want more!! Well done guys xx,” a fifth shared.

With so many lose ends still unanswered, there seemed to be hints a fourth season could be on the horizon sometime in the future.

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Nessa actress Ruth Jones, 53, has teased more episodes could be on the cards, but nothing is coming at least for now.

Speaking with The Sun, the Gavin and Stacey star said: “It is so complicated for me and James to get together to write.

“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.”


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For last night’s one-off special, their was another reunion viewers might not have realised happened as they enjoyed the episode.

Writers James and Ruth came together to watch their masterpiece and shared the news on Twitter, with the Late Late Show host posting a picture of the pair together on the social media site.

He wrote: “We had to be together to watch it go out tonight!Gavin and Stacey is a show about friendship and family.

“Tonight’s show has been a labour of love from start to finish and we hope you enjoy it.Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. Happy Christmas from us both #GavinandStacey.”

Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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