Gavin and Stacey return 'unlikely' despite that Smithy and Nessa cliffhanger

Gavin and Stacey fans have been left eager for another series after the Christmas special ended on one heck of a cliffhanger.

However, it seems Pamela star Alison Steadman is uncertain about the comedy’s future, despite the huge ratings the seasonal episode picked up.

When appearing on This Morning, the 73-year-old was put on the spot over whether or not there will be another installment.

And it turns out she’s in the dark just as much as viewers are.

‘I have no idea,’ she said before admitting: ‘I would doubt it, only because James Corden is in America, he’s such a big star now and Ruth Jones is so busy writing novels.’

Host Eamonn Holmes suggested another Christmas special, to which Alison beamed: ‘A special would be amazing, but we’ll see.’

Turning her attention to the show’s return, which left fans needing answers after Nessa got down on one knee for Smithy, the actress spoke about what it was like to get back on set.

‘It was amazing,’ the star gushed: ‘It was the best thing, beacuse we never thought it would happen. I was convinced!

‘It had been 10 years, I had been asked over and over again and I said, “no, it won’t happen let’s let it lie,’ then suddenly I got a text from Ruth.’

‘She said, “if this happened, would you be willing to take part?”‘ the Pride and Prejudice actress shared: ‘And I nearly dropped my phone.’

The Christmas special was a hit with fans, seeing it rake in the biggest overnight Christmas Day ratings since 2008.

More than 11.48 million viewers tuned in to see the return of the much-loved sitcom, with figures peaking at 12.3 million.

Addressing its success, Alison said: ‘I kept worrying, because everyone was talking to me about it.

‘I was like, “don’t build it up so much, because if you build it up and then you watch and umm and ahh…” But that didn’t happen.’

And it certainly did not, as the hour-long ep scored the highest ratings for more than a decade, and was pipped to the post by the BBC’s Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, which peaked with 14.4 million, in 2008.

Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is available for catch-up on BBC iPlayer.

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