Gavin and Stacey stars risk fakery row after revealing HUGE show secret saying: ‘We just did what we were told’
Gavin and Stacey actors Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman have revealed a huge show secret that will no doubt leave many fans in shock.
The beloved BBC sitcom is set in both South Wales and Billericay however the stars have now revealed they never once stepped into Essex.
With Larry, 75, telling the Radio Times: ‘Gavin & Stacey was all filmed in Wales, nobody offered us the opportunity to go to Essex’.
‘[Producers] said, “Billericay’s where you’re from”, so we just got on with it, we just do what we’re told.’
Now the former Eastenders star will join Alison, 76, as they venture into the eastern county in their new three-part UKTV series.
Shock: Gavin and Stacey actors Larry Lamb (L) and Alison Steadman (R) have revealed a huge show secret that will no doubt leave many fans in shock (pictured with co-star Matthew Horne, C)
TV trickery: The beloved BBC sitcom is set in both South Wales and Billericay however the stars have now revealed they never once stepped into Essex (L-R) James Corden, Joanna Page, Matthew Horne, Ruth Jones
Discussing their visit to Billericay Larry told the publication how the town councillors and mayor were there to great them.
While Alison added: ‘We planted a tree! It survives, hopefully.’
Alison & Larry: Billericay to Barry follows the duo as they drive the 200 mile journey between the two towns and stopping off in interesting places along the way.
Gavin and Stacey followed the love story of Joanna and Mathew Horne’s characters as they navigated their family lives in Essex and Wales.
The hit series also starred Ruth Jones and James Corden as Nessa and Smithy and the last episode aired with the Christmas special in 2019.
Joanna recently revealed did the voice over for her co-star’s upcoming travel show.
Telling The Sun her hopes it could spark a full reunion: ‘That would be so lovely. When we all first started it was like an instant family.
‘We’re all still constantly in touch with each other, my gosh we send each other so many messages. We struggle to even make time for our own families.
Secrets: With Larry, 75, said: ‘Gavin & Stacey was all filmed in Wales, nobody offered us the opportunity to go to Essex’ (Pam and Mick’s ‘Essex’ home located in South Wales)
They’re back: INow the former Eastenders star will join Alison, 76, as they venture into the Eastern county in their new three-part UKTV series
Iconic: Gavin and Stacey followed the love story of Joanna and Mathew Horne’s characters as they navigated their family lives in Essex and Wales
‘But then I agree, we have GOT to find out what Smithy says to Nessa!’
Speaking about filming the upcoming show, Larry said: ‘I am really looking forward to reminiscing with Alison whilst taking the trip from Billericay to Barry, it was such a huge part in the plot of Gavin And Stacey.
‘This journey holds a special place in my heart and I hope the fans are pleased with it.’
Alison added: ‘I can’t wait to take this trip down memory lane to explore Pam and Mick’s neck of the woods, as well as so many other locations precious to me.
‘And who better to do it with than Larry! I’m so excited to be reunited.’
While fans can revisit filming locations with Larry and Alison, Mathew Horne shut down speculation last year of a Gavin and Stacey reboot.
The actor, 44, claimed fans desiring the comedy’s return ‘is not enough of a reason’, adding that the writers ‘want to make sure that they have a story’ first.
Cast: Mathew Horne recently shut down speculation last year of a Gavin and Stacey reboot (L-R) Mathew as Gavin, Joanna Page as Stacey, James Corden as Smithy and Ruth Jones as Nessa
During on Graham Norton’s Virgin Radio show, Mathew added how difficult it was to get the ensemble together for the 2019 Christmas special, which was later declared the most-viewed non-sporting event in a decade.
He said: ‘Obviously, the BBC would like more. James [Corden] and Ruth [Jones] have always said that they would only do more if they had a story and a reason to do it.
‘Just because people want it is not enough of a reason to do it for them. They want to make sure that they have a story.
‘They don’t want to let the the piece down and let the audience down. They don’t just want to do it for the sake of doing it.
I genuinely don’t know if they’re planning on doing more.’
Mathew – who played the titular Gavin in the series – revealed he has an ‘allegiance’ to the mega-hit, and would return if he were asked.
He said: ‘It’s quite a large ensemble and one filled with successful people. It was difficult to get everyone together last time, so it would be equally difficult to do it again.
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