Larry Lamb is convinced Gavin and Stacey will return when the third series ends.

The 62-year-old actor – who plays Gavin’s father Mick in the BBC comedy written by Ruth Jones and James Corden – said at the British Comedy Awards he doesn’t believe the current series is the last fans will see of the hit characters.

Larry said: “It’s not coming to an end you know – they won’t write any more series, but I bet they write some one-offs. I bet you – prediction.”

Asked how he would feel to work on the show agai,n he said: “Lovely, I can’t wait.”

Larry plays evil Archie Mitchell in EastEnders, who is due to be killed off in the soap, but revealed he will be keeping himself busy.

He said: “I’m doing a one-man show. I’m going around the country with a one-man show. Larry Lamb bangs on about his life, so how I finished up being an actor really.

“And a couple of TV things – I’ve just done a thing with my son where we’ve been out in Namibia with a tribe, living in deepest Africa, and I’ve just done a thing for the BBC about rich celebrities, supposedly, who are jobless, so that’s an interesting departure.”