JAMES Corden is set to make an epic comedy comeback in new show Mammals – two years on from Gavin & Stacey Christmas special.
The 42-year-old actor will return to our screens in the new six-part Amazon comedy-drama series.
The Late Late Show host will star alongside big names including Paddington actress Sally Hawkins and Killing Eve' Henry Lloyd-Hughes.
Although the plot has been kept under wraps, writer Jez Butterworth has teased topics touching on relationships, love, marriage and death.
Speaking about the plot, he said: "A good marriage is the most magical thing.
"In a world of eight billion, you’ve found the one who gets you, ignites your body and soul.
"Who allows you to grow and flourish. Who gives you the spark, the confidence to become you.
"You’re also never going to have sex with anyone else, ever, and then you’re going to die, and be dead forever.”
Jez has also praised Tony Award winner James for his first-rate comedic acting skills which have made his characters "iconic".
Speaking about James, he said: “His performance in One Man Two Governors was like seeing Mickey Rooney, Terry-Thomas and The Marx Brothers rolled into one.
"His Smithy in Gavin and Stacey is for the ages – he took a needy, big-hearted mess of a supporting character and made it iconic.
"But neither is a patch on his Sea Monster in The Late Late Show Shape of Water sketch with Sally Hawkins. Google it.”
“I am jubilant to be working with Sally again, and Colin Morgan too,” added Butterworth.
"Alongside the astonishingly talented Melia Kreiling, they make a team of world class story-tellers."
Executive Producer and Co-Creator James Richardson also hinted that the show will focus on the complexity of human relationships.
He said: "Having seen all his plays, and having worked with Jez on three seasons of Britannia, I know that there is no better storyteller in the world to shine a light into the darkness of relationships.
“And no more talented, fearless, or funnier actors than James, Sally, Melia, Colin and Samuel to portray our leads."
Filming for the brand-new series commences this month.
RETURN OF GAV & STACE?
It comes after James hinted that Gavin and Stacey could return – but it would probably be the last instalment.
James and his fellow writer and cast member Ruth Jones have been constantly asked about the prospect of more episodes after the last Gavin & Stacey on Christmas Day 2019 was a huge hit.
And when Zoe Ball probed him about it on her Radio 2 Breakfast Show earlier this year, he said: “As it stands right now, there aren’t any plans to do one, but that’s not to say that there isn’t the want or the inclination to do one.
“I think it would be a shame to leave it there. That’s my feeling and I think Ruth feels the same.
"It doesn’t feel like the end of a book, it feels like the end of a chapter.
"But I do feel like if we ever did another one that would be the end of it.”
James and Ruth, who play Smithy and Nessa in the show, said they won’t be giving away many more hints.
Despite the sitcom’s Christmas special pulling in almost 12million viewers, the modest duo don’t want to build up people’s hopes, only to dash them.
James said: “With the last one, that’s why we wrote it without telling anyone.
“We’d finished it before we called the BBC because we just didn’t want to make anything that would in any way let everybody down.
“And so my hunch is no one will ever know if it’s coming until we’ve got it.”
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