Gavin and Stacey could return for one final episode, hints James Corden in boost for fans

FANS of Gavin & Stacey have been waiting months to find out the fate of the hit ­sitcom – and now James Corden has dropped the biggest hint yet that it could return.

But the show’s co-creator and star also had some bad news, because he says that if they do deliver another instalment it will probably be the last.

James and his fellow writer and cast member Ruth Jones have been constantly asked about the prospect of more ­episodes after the last Gavin & Stacey on Christmas Day 2019 was a huge hit.

And when Zoe Ball probed him about it on her Radio 2 Breakfast Show yesterday, he said: “As it stands right now, there aren’t any plans to do one, but that’s not to say that there isn’t the want or the inclination to do one.

“I think it would be a shame to leave it there. That’s my ­feeling and I think Ruth feels the same.

"It doesn’t feel like the end of a book, it feels like the end of a chapter.

"But I do feel like if we ever did another one that would be the end of it.”

James and Ruth, who play Smithy and Nessa in the show, said they won’t be giving away many more hints.

Despite the sitcom’s Christmas special pulling in almost 12million viewers, the modest duo don’t want to build up people’s hopes, only to dash them.

James said: “With the last one, that’s why we wrote it without telling anyone.

“We’d finished it before we called the BBC because we just didn’t want to make anything that would in any way let ­everybody down.

“And so my hunch is no one will ever know if it’s coming until we’ve got it.”

That’s fine — I’ll just cling to that tiny scrap of hope.

Vernon's got a new crush

BRAVE Vernon Kay came face to face with quite a few scary critters during the blood-curdling trials on I’m A Celebrity.

Despite that, he doesn’t look too happy getting acquainted with a giant python – which wraps itself around its prey to crush them – on tomorrow night’s Game Of Talents.

The host of the ITV show looks like he’s ­struggling to keep his cool as the creature flicks its giant tongue inches from Vernon’s mouth.

It’s all part of the fun of the show which sees two pairs – each made up of a celeb and a member of the public – try to guess performers’ talents just by looking at them.

Fair play to Vernon – I’d be hiss-terical by this stage.

Doing their Duty

LINE Of Duty star Martin Compston has revealed the show had to disclose who the villain was in the cop thriller’s finale last week.

Speaking to ES mag, he said: “There were going to be riots in the streets if we didn’t reveal who H was.”

There were nearly riots in the streets when we found out it was ­boring Ian Buckells.

Mum's the word for ace Anna

TALENTED Anna Maxwell Martin is rightfully the woman of the hour.

She played sour-faced DCS Carmichael in BBC1’s Line Of Duty and has just resumed her role as haphazard mum Julia Johnson on BBC2’s Motherland on Mondays.

And because she filmed both shows simultaneously, her Motherland bosses were continually grilling her on the plotline of the cop thriller. But she never ratted.

Writer Holly Walsh said: “She didn’t tell us anything that was happening, apart from she’d say things like, ‘Vicky McClure has got amazing cheekbones’.

“She was living a double life at that time – flying to Belfast to do two days then coming back to our show (in London) to do two days.”

Alicya lifts lid on booze battle

ALICYA Eyo has revealed she checked into rehab for alcoholism after leaving Emmerdale – and lockdown made her fall off the wagon.

The actress, who left the ITV soap in 2015 after playing carer Ruby Haswell for four years, opened up in the Soap From The Box podcast, out on Sunday, to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

She said: “I ended up losing everything, including myself. That was the main thing.

“So I went to a rehab. They helped me figure out why I was doing what I was doing.

“Then the first lockdown we had, all fine, all good. Then this lockdown has been really difficult for me.

“Fortunately I’ve had the support of my mum, my brother and my partner who have got me through it. I’ve really, really suffered.

“You’re just scared of going back to where you were before.”

I wish you the best Alicya.

Men let loose

VIEWERS of Loose Men have praised the one-off show yesterday and called for it to be made a more regular spin-off of Loose Women.

It starred Richard Madeley, Martin Kemp, Jordan Banjo and The Sun’s Rob Rinder, with the panel discussing everything from male suicide rates to body image.

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