Ruth Jones: ‘I’m feeling really Christmassy’

Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones is fronting her own chat show this Christmas. And she’s all excited…

How did your new chat show come about?

“I did one last year for BBC Wales, and BBC2 asked if I’d consider doing some more. The show is being made by my own production company, Tidy, and there will be three more throughout next year.”

What kind of chat show are you?

“I describe myself as a reluctant chat show host. It wasn’t particularly an ambition of mine to be a chat show host, however, I really enjoyed doing the show last year, so I’m hoping it’s going to feel the same again.”

What can viewers expect from the Christmas show?

“It’s not totally interview based, there’s going to be some sketch stuff as well, with it being Christmas. But I do think a chat show is all about the people that are on there and I’m thrilled with our guests; we’ve got Miranda Hart, Will Young and Ricky Gervais. I’m a big fan of all of them – I can’t quite believe they’ve said yes to coming on!”

Is it nice being ‘Ruth’ rather than playing a character, like Nessa?

“It’s easier to hide behind a character. I’ve done some comedy sketch interviews as Nessa. I interviewed Katherine Jenkins and Doctor Who creator Russell T Davis, and that was a very different experience from interviewing them as me. But when I interviewed Joanna Page and James Corden as myself on the BBC Wales chat show, Joanna was like: ‘This is so funny, you’re talking really posh’.”

Will there be any more Gavin & Stacey?

“We haven’t got any actual plans to do a special, but we haven’t ruled one out. It such a huge compliment that people would like us to do more and I almost think we’ve been a bit mean by stopping doing it. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Who would be your dream celebrity Christmas dinner party guests?

“I suppose I’d only really want to spend Christmas with my family, but if I had to choose I think I’d like Hattie Jacques, who I’ve recently played in a drama for BBC4, Chris Rock, John Bishop, Michael MacIntyre and Benny Hill. As well as Ruby Wax and Larry David.”

Finally, how will you be spending Christmas this year?

“I’ve been away for the past few years, but this year I’m staying at home and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m feeling really Christmassy already!”

*Ruth Jones’ Christmas Cracker is on Monday, December 20 at 9pm on BBC2.