Joanna Page has finally closed the lid on any hopes of bringing back the popular BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey.
Page, who played Stacey in the series opposite Matthew Horne, told RadioTimes.com that it would definitely not be returning despite continued speculation that it could one day be revived.
Page said: “I think it’s the end it feels like it is still going on because it is repeated all the time. But it finished in 2009, it finished ages ago. When we finished we said this is the end. We are not gong to do any more. As far as we are concerned that is it.”
Page’s remarks will finally quash rumours of a Gavin & Stacey revival, some of which have emanated from the creative team. In January this year, co-writer Ruth Jones hinted that the show could be turned into a film.
Jones, who also played Stacey’s friend Nessa in the series, told Radio Times that she would “definitely” join forces once more with co-writer James Corden, who starred as Smithy.
“We haven’t any concrete plans but we will at some stage,” she said. “It might be a Gavin & Stacey special or it might be a film.”
Set in Barry Island and Billericay, Gavin & Stacey ran for 20 episodes, airing from 13th May 2007 to 1st January 2010, and also starred Corden, Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman.
Page said she is still identified as Stacey, despite all her work since then, including playing the part of Elizabeth I in last year’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.
“I think I will always be seen as this small blonde 20 year old even in my fifties,” she laughed. “I will be like Felicity Kendal [is now].”
Joanna Page returns as the voice of Poppy Cat, in the second series of the pre-school show launching on 8th September at 9am weekdays on Nick Jr. See below for a behind-the-scenes video of her on the show
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