Larry Lamb reveals the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special script made him ‘cry’


Larry Lamb reacts to Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special

by Alex Ross |
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The Internet went into complete meltdown yesterday (Tuesday 28th May), when James Corden confirmed the news we've all been waiting for... a Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special, written by himself and co-star Ruth Jones.

Now, as excitement builds for the new episode, Larry Lamb, who played the role of Gavin's dad, Mick Shipman between 2007-2010, appeared on This Morning where he confessed the new script made him cry.

Gavin & Stacey
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Speaking to hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, 71-year-old Larry said, 'It’s amazing what him [James] and Ruth have managed to do. I’ve finally read the script, it really got me, I read the first little sequence and just found myself crying.

"It was like running into someone major in your life, you’re not bothered what they do, it was so poignant. I was immediately into the feel of the whole thing, it just brought me along.

'It’s all about this melding of people from different elements of British society, the mindset of people who live in Barry island and mindset of people in Bury, England, that was the strength. That clever thing of bringing them together and mixing them all up."

Check out the Gavin & Stacey cast now and then:


Gavin and stacey then and now SLIDER

James Corden : then1 of 20

James Corden (Smith) : then


James Corden: now2 of 20

James Corden (Smithy): now

James Corden's now thousands of miles away from his Smithy days - quite literally. He lives in America, and presents The Late Late Show.

Nessa Gavin & Stacey3 of 20

Ruth Jones (Nessa): then

Arguably the best character of anything ever, here's Ruth Jones' Nessa in her heyday

Ruth Jones (Nessa) now:4 of 20

Ruth Jones (Nessa) now

Ruth looks SO DIFFERENT these days. HOW is that Nessa?!

Joanna Page (Stacey) then5 of 20

Joanna Page (Stacey) then

'It's like chocolate and bits of rocks'

Joanna Page (Stacey) now6 of 20

Joanna Page (Stacey) now

Joanna's changed loads since G&S, but is still definitely recognisable as Stacey.

Mathew Horne (Gavin) then7 of 20

Mathew Horne (Gavin) then

Remember Gavin's weird, weird hair?

Mathew Horne (Gavin) now8 of 20

Mathew Horne (Gavin) now

Mathew's hair is now considerably more normal. And he's a bit of a fitlord, isn't he?

Larry Lamb (Mick) then9 of 20

Larry Lamb (Mick) then

'It's the last thing you expect to find when you get to work in the morning'

Larry Lamb (Mick) now10 of 20

Larry Lamb (Mick) now

We have a very weird and confusing crush on Larry Lamb, particularly after his 2016 stint on I'm A Celebrity...

Alison Steadman (Pam) then11 of 20

Alison Steadman (Pam) then

'DO YOU THINK ILL OF ME MY CHILD?' We forever are in love with Pam.

Alison Steadman (Pam) now12 of 20

Alison Steadman (Pam) now

Oh lawks. Look how different Pam looks now

Rob Brydon (Bryn) then13 of 20

Rob Brydon (Bryn) then

Bryn is forever Uncle goalz

Rob Brydon (Bryn) now14 of 20

Rob Brydon (Bryn) now

Rob Brydon looks pretty much the same TBH

Melanie Walters (Gwen) then15 of 20

Melanie Walters (Gwen) then

Forever fantasising about Gwen's omelettes

Melanie Walters (Gwen) now16 of 20
CREDIT: Grand Theatre

Melanie Walters (Gwen) now

Melanie played the fairy godmother at Blackpool's Grand Theatre in their Cinderella panto.

Steffan Rhodri (Dave Coaches) then17 of 20

Steffan Rhodri (Dave Coaches) then

How's it goin', alrigh'?

Steffan Rhodri (Dave Coaches) now18 of 20

Steffan Rhodri (Dave Coaches) now


Julia Davis (Dawn) then19 of 20

Julia Davis (Dawn) then

Dawn and Pete - the ultimate relationship goals

Julia Davis (Dawn) now20 of 20

Julia Davis (Dawn) now

Julia Davis still lookin' fab

Larry also revealed on the show just how James Corden delivered the news to him. Admitting James called him from Los Angeles, Larry said, “I was just going to make this phone call, nothing important, I forget what it was and then all of a sudden I get this phone call from a Los Angeles number. Then someone said ‘Hello, Larry, it’s James Corden.’ And I couldn’t believe it, I said ‘What do YOU want’ and on it went. We just had about 10 minutes on the phone.”

He then added, "He [James] said ‘I just want to know if you’re available in the next little while, as it looks like we’re going to be doing a Christmas Special. It was quite extraordinary, the whole thing. It was quite Hollywood-esque getting this phone call from a Hollywood superstar over there in LaLa Land just to say we’re going to take a trip back down memory lane.”

James, who currently presents The Late Late Show out in America, confirmed the exciting news yesterday morning (Tuesday 28th May), posting a snap of the script on Instagram.

He wrote, 'Ruth Jones and I have been keeping this secret for a while... We’re excited to share it with you. See you on Christmas Day @BBCOne #GavinandStacey'. [sic]

Roll on Christmas Day is all we can say! 🙌

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