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09th Dec 2019

Mathew Horne says upcoming Gavin & Stacey episode is ‘the best’ they’ve ever done

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We’ll be the judge of that, mate.

Mathew Horne has said that he thinks the upcoming Gavin & Stacey Christmas special is “the best episode of the show we’ve done.”

The actor, who plays Gavin in the hit BBC sitcom, said that there was a bit of trepidation among the cast when the idea of a new episode was first floated.

However, now that he’s seen the show, he’s pretty sure that the audience will love it.

“I’ve seen it now and I’m so proud of it,” he told The Chris Moyles Show. “I think it’s the best episode of the show we’ve ever done.”

“We all went into it with a degree of anxiety and trepidation because there is a huge amount of expectation on it.

“So we were quite anxious as to whether we were all going to work together well again and the chemistry was going to be there and it was going to be the Gavin & Stacey of old.”

Horne, who was clipped by a train on his way home from the pub last year, added that getting the entire cast back together was an incredibly “emosh” experience.

“We’ve all stayed in touch but we don’t see each other all the time and getting back together was like bringing families back together,” he said.

“And we read [the episode] and people laughed and it was amazing.”

“It’s really shocking to think when I first started filming it I was 27 and I’m now 41. It’s just bizarre. The passing of time.”

The return of Gavin & Stacey was first announced earlier this year when co-creator James Cordon shared a photo of the script that he and Ruth Jones had written. 

He later said that they had been considering returning to the show at some point, and that now seemed like the right time.

“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,” they said at the time.

“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.”

The Gavin & Stacey Christmas special airs on Christmas Day on BBC One.