Larry Lamb: Gavin & Stacey film is a distinct possibility

Larry Lamb has said he thinks there is a “distinct possibility” that Gavin & Stacey will return, but on the big screen rather than as a TV series.

The actor, 69, played Michael ‘Mick’ Shipman, the father of Gavin (Mathew Horne) in the hit sitcom about the long-distance relationship between Essex-based Gavin, and Stacey (Joanna Page), who lived in Wales.

Lamb told the Press Association about the chance of the TV Bafta-winning show making a comeback: “I don’t think anybody that was in it would ever say no to it.

Gavin and Stacey's Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters, James Corden and Alison Steadman
Gavin and Stacey’s Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters, James Corden and Alison Steadman (Ian West/PA)

“I think it’s highly unlikely that they’ll ever make another television series of Gavin & Stacey.”

He added: “I think it’s a distinct possibility that one day, they might make a film, that’s it. That’s purely conjecture… It’s got a huge audience, so I’m sure that’s what they’ll do.”

While up for a Gavin & Stacey reunion, Lamb said he is generally not inclined to return to previous jobs, adding: “I’m not much for going back.”

Although he does not like to revisit roles, keen traveller Lamb – who has worked in countries all over the world during his decades-long career – is more than happy to return to various destinations.

He said: “I don’t mind going back to places to have a look and see what’s changed. Places change so radically in 20, 30 years… you don’t even recognise them.”

Larry Lamb
Larry Lamb travels on TUI Discovery 2, Thomson Cruises’ newest ship, for the company’s Cruise Mates campaign (Thomson Cruises)

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star recently returned to Barcelona for the first time in 40 years with Thomson Cruises, while meeting locals from different Mediterranean locations for the travel company’s new Cruise Mates scheme.

“I haven’t been to Barcelona for 40 years, and I went back into the city and instantly I had that same feeling I had when I went there the first time,” he said.

He headed to the city during a Spanish Sunsets cruise on Thomson Cruises’ newest ship, the TUI Discovery 2, before embarking on day trips to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.

Lamb’s jaunt came after it was found, in a study conducted by Thomson Cruises and the Human Nature Research Lab at Yale University, that British holidaymakers can experience a ‘happiness boost’ of 10% when meeting up to five new people from different cultures while abroad.

He said that his idea of cruise holidays has changed after jumping off the deck and venturing inland to meet the Cruise Mates, the people who run businesses and provide facilities on-shore that the passengers can enjoy, as well as taking in the culture of each destination.

Lamb said: “I spent a lot of time on boats over the years for different jobs and situations. I got stuck with the idea that going on a cruise meant you got on a boat with a load of people and you did things on the ship.

Larry Lamb
Larry Lamb travels on TUI Discovery 2, Thomson Cruises’ newest ship, for the company’s Cruise Mates campaign (Thomson Cruises)

“This is exactly that but with the addition of waking up every morning and you’re in a different port, and you’ve got a day in front of you to go and enjoy it.”

The actor, who has lived and worked in locations including Canada and North Africa, said: “I’ve been pretty much all round the world working, and the older I get, the more I realise there is so much to see in Europe that I’m very happy cruising the Med, checking out places, some that I’ve seen and some that I’ve not.”

:: To celebrate the launch of TUI Discovery 2 this summer, Thomson Cruises teamed up with Larry Lamb on a journey of discovery, meeting an eclectic mix of different Mediterranean Cruise Mates.


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