There has been intense speculation over whether we’ll be blessed with another instalment of the sitcom – especially as last year’s Christmas special ended up on a cliffhanger.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk about the Christmas Meal Appeal campaign with Just Eat, the Uncle Bryn actor lifted the lid on plans to reunite once more.
‘Will there be anymore? The answer to that is, I don’t know,’ the 55-year-old told us.
‘I love that people liked it, the response was just astonishing, I mean it really was. You can’t overstate how big it was.
‘They’re repeating it on Christmas Eve this year at like 10 o’clock at night, a couple of hours after the Would I Lie To You Christmas special. The public really are being spoiled.
Millions tuned in for the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special last year (Picture: BBC)
‘I don’t know but we had such a great time, I’m always torn between wanting to get off while they still want more, but at the same time, come back and do it again because it was so enjoyable.
‘So I wouldn’t be surprised if one day they write another special, but it’s certainly not in the pipeline.’
Rob refused to be drawn on that infamous cliffhanger, admitting that he ‘didn’t know’ whether Smithy (James Corden) accepted Nessa’s (Ruth Jones) proposal.
So we’ll be kept waiting on that front.
The comedy legend also opened up about how his career has been impacted by lockdown, admitting he’s desperate to perform in front of an audience once more.
Rob starred as Uncle Bryn in the BBC sitcom (Picture: BBC)
‘Well I’m lucky, I’ve squirrelled enough away over the years to not worry in the short term,’ he continued. ‘Actually since September I’ve been working on a variety of things.
‘The hardest part, I suppose, is you do get a yearning for an audience, literally a physical audience, which is what people like me do. You get up and you do something for a physical audience.
‘So I think that when that does come back, it’s going to be very interesting to see how it is on both sides of that equation, how it feels for the performer, and for the audience. I think it’s going to be like drinking water after crawling through the desert.’
As well as those mystery projects, Rob has also worked with Just Eat with their latest campaign, alongside Social Bite and FoodCycle, to help feed the homeless over Christmas.
They have given people the opportunity to donate either £3, £5 or £10 while ordering food from JustEat, with the company also matching that donation – in a bid to provide 200,000 meals for those in need across the UK on Christmas Day.
Rob refused to be drawn on whether we’d see more of the Barry and Essex gang (Picture: Getty)
Josh Littlejohn, from Social Bite, opened up about the campaign, explaining that they have been working tirelessly around the homelessness issue, with their efforts sparked through their chain of cafes.
‘Every year, through these cafes, we always open our doors on Christmas Day, and do a Christmas dinner service for homeless people,’ he said. ‘And it’s something that’s always amazingly well supported by the general public.
‘It’s such a great feeling to be able to give that opportunity of a nice warm Christmas dinner and some good love and company to people who otherwise wouldn’t get it at Christmas.
‘We approached Just Eat and asked them if they would get behind it and run a fundraising campaign through their website, so there’s a nice symmetry when somebody is ordering their own takeaway, that they can also in the same transaction, buy a Christmas meal for somebody in the situation of homelessness.
‘We’re super thrilled that Just Eat have got behind that and run this Christmas Meal appeal. We’ve partnered with around 15 charities all across the UK, who are going to be distributing these Christmas dinners on Christmas day, but also right throughout the winter months.’
Joking he was simply there to ‘sex up’ the campaign, Rob added: ‘If you think how bad it is for those of us that live in nice warm homes. We’re all fretting, aren’t we, about what we’re going to do over Christmas and that it’s not going to be the same, and poor us.
‘Then you stop and think about people who don’t have a roof over their heads, it’s heartbreaking. So a little thing like this, when you’re ordering with Just Eat – and well done them for coming on board – it’s so easy.
‘You always have to be wary when you say, “Anyone can afford £5”, there are plenty of people who can’t. But if you can, then for a lot of people, it’s an affordable thing to do and a very easy thing to do.
The Just Eat Christmas Meal Appeal will run from 7th – 21st December in partnership with charities Social Bite & FoodCycle. Customers have the choice to make a £3, £5, or £10 donation which Just Eat will match, pound for pound.
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