Good news often seems like it’s in short supply. But in news everyone can celebrate, James Corden has announced that Gavin & Stacey will be returning for a Christmas special in 2019.

Tweeting a picture of a script, Corden said he and co-writer Ruth Jones had been "keeping this secret for a while".

The Bafta-winning sitcom, about a long-distance relationship between a girl from south Wales and an Essex boy, captured the hearts of the nation.

From “Pamelaaaaaa” to “Gavlaaaaa” and "what's occurin'?", there’s an entire lexicon which the show introduced into popular-culture. Following the announcement, cast mates tweeted their excitement.

And viewers, who’ve missed the show dearly, responded with GIFs, memes and jubilation.

In a joint statement, Corden and his co-creator Ruth Jones said:

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.

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.

We're so excited to get the chance to work with our fabulous cast and crew once more and to give fans of the show a festive treat this Christmas.

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