Gavin & Stacey Christmas special watched by over a quarter of UK’s population after ten-year break – The Sun

THE Gavin and Stacey Christmas special has been watched by more than a quarter of the UK’s population.

At least 17.1million people have seen it live, via a repeat or on catch-up, making the BBC comedy the biggest non-sporting show in 13 years.

James Corden and Ruth Jones’ sitcom received the biggest audience since the 2009 final of Britain’s Got Talent when Susan Boyle was pipped by dance group Diversity.

On Christmas Day 12.31m tuned in to the show about an Essex-Wales romance.

It even beat the Strictly Come Dancing final and was the most watched Christmas show of the decade.

The biggest December 25 show before then was in 2008 Wallace & Gromit’s A Matter of Loaf and Death which attracted 14.3m.

James, 41, and Ruth, 53, have both hinted at more being made after they decided to bring back the show following its last episode ten years ago.

Actor Oscar Hartland, who played their on-screen son Neil the Baby, said: “I did ask James in the process of filming. He said it’s just what the people want.

“Me, I would love it to happen.

“It really depends what other people think about it and whether they like it or not.”

The hour-special concluded with Ruth’s Nessa proposing to James’ Smithy.

She said: “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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