GAVIN and Stacey writers Ruth Jones and James Corden have hinted at a huge show follow-up centred on "what Smithy said next".
The teasing comment will no doubt delight viewers of the heart-warming BBC series, which returned for a one-off Christmas special in December.
Fans were kept on tenterhooks at the end of the hour-long episode when Nessa, mum to Smithy's son baby Neil, proposed in her typically blunt, no frills manner.
As the credits closed he left stunned but offered no response – yet the pair, who write the show and star as Smithy and Nessa too, have suggested there is more to come.
They told Metro Online: "It’s mind-blowing that so many people watched our show – we still can’t get our heads around it, what a massive compliment.
"We just hope one day we can let them know what Smithy said next."
They added: "We are indebted to the BBC for their incredible support but most importantly to those 18.5 million viewers for watching."
Even the big bosses at broadcaster, the BBC, have added further fuel to speculation of another series.
Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore, said of the record-breaking show: ‘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."
Actor Oscar Hartland, who played their on-screen son Neil the Baby, said: “I did ask James in the process of filming. He said it’s just what the people want.
“Me, I would love it to happen.
“It really depends what other people think about it and whether they like it or not.”
The sitcom was last on our screens in 2010 and Ruth certainly felt a pressure to get the storyline right after a decade off air.
Ruth previously revealed how writing struggles with James nearly derailed the Christmas special.
Yet the viewing figures proved they had got the plot on point, with over a quarter of the UK's population tuning in on Christmas Day.
At least 17.1million people have seen it live, via a repeat or on catch-up, making the BBC comedy the biggest non-sporting show in 13 years.
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