News: Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special the BBC’s Biggest Ever TV Programme Outside Sport and National Events Since Records Began In 2002

TV Preview: Gavin And Stacey, BBC One

The Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special was watched by an audience of 18.5m, becoming the biggest BBC programme outside of sporting and national events since records began in 2002.

Of the 18.5 million individuals who tuned in to see the Shipmans and the Wests reunited for Christmas, 4.9 million were 16 – 34 year olds. 

James Corden and Ruth Jones say: “It’s mind blowing that so many people watched our show - we still can’t get our heads round it, what a massive compliment. We are indebted to the BBC for their incredible support but most importantly to those 18.5 million viewers for watching. We just hope one day we can let them know what Smithy said next...”

Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, says: “These incredible viewing figures demonstrate the power of British comedy and the love for Gavin and Stacey. I want to thank James and Ruth for this gem and like everyone I’m longing to find out what happens next!”

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning, says: “I’m delighted for Ruth and James that their terrific comic creation is more adored than ever. BBC One really does bring the nation together, and these figures are testament to iPlayer’s role in bringing our hit shows to new generations of fans.”

Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special was written and created by Ruth Jones and James Corden, and made by Tidy and Fulwell 73 productions.

The show is available to view on BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000csm7

 

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