Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis shares his excitement ahead of working with his real life partner and on-screen wife Claire Skinner on Christmas special

Hugh Dennis has sweetly admitted he is 'really looking forward' to working with his real life partner Claire Skinner again on the upcoming Christmas special.

The comedian and actor, 62, and his on-screen wife Claire, 59, began a real relationship after the popular BBC sitcom last aired in 2016.

It will mark the first time the couple have worked together on the show since embarking on a romantic relationship off-screen.

Speaking on Wednesday's episode of Good Morning Britain, he said: 'I'm really looking forward to it and we're all looking forward to it.

It has been eight years since the last Outnumbered Christmas special and the couple announced their relationship publicly a year after it aired.

Hugh Dennis has sweetly admitted he is 'really looking forward' to working with his real life partner Claire Skinner again on the upcoming Christmas special

Hugh Dennis has sweetly admitted he is 'really looking forward' to working with his real life partner Claire Skinner again on the upcoming Christmas special

The comedian and actor, 62, and his on-screen wife Claire, 59, began a real relationship after the popular BBC sitcom last aired in 2016 (pictured together)

The comedian and actor, 62, and his on-screen wife Claire, 59, began a real relationship after the popular BBC sitcom last aired in 2016 (pictured together)

Hugh also revealed that his on-screen family, the Brockmans, no longer live together which he admitted he will find 'strange'.

He said: 'It's going to be strange isn't it because I don't think we live together anymore as a family. There's lots of different stuff to reflect and one of the great things about the show was to reflect life as it actually was.'

Revealing that filming for the special will start in November, Hugh said: 'It's great that it's coming back. We are doing this 40 minute special but we don't really know anything about it. We've read in the paper that we've got a grandchild but we don't know who's kid it is.'

Hugh's appearance comes after it was announced the beloved BBC drama will return with a special one-off episode this Christmas 10 years after the series ended.

It marks eight years since the family last appeared on screen, after they returned for a Christmas special in 2016, two years after the show came to an end.

The child stars of the show previously sent fans into a frenzy as they reunited nine years after the hit show ended in October, sparking rumours of a reunion.

It was later confirmed that the Brockman's are back for a Christmas special with viewers set to discover what has happened to the family in the past decade.

During this time, it has been revealed that one of the Brockman kids has welcomed a child of their own in a brief synopsis for the upcoming episode.

It will follow the chaos in the downsized home of Pete and Sue Brockman, as they grapple with parenting kids who are now adults, with their own lives to lead.

Hugh's appearance comes after it was announced the beloved BBC drama will return with a special one-off episode this Christmas 10 years after the series ended

Hugh's appearance comes after it was announced the beloved BBC drama will return with a special one-off episode this Christmas 10 years after the series ended

It was later confirmed that the Brockman's are back for a Christmas special with viewers set to discover what has happened to the family in the past decade (pictured 2014)

It was later confirmed that the Brockman's are back for a Christmas special with viewers set to discover what has happened to the family in the past decade (pictured 2014)

Ramona also excitedly announced the news on her Instagram page, sharing a recent picture with her on-screen brothers Tyger and Daniel

Ramona also excitedly announced the news on her Instagram page, sharing a recent picture with her on-screen brothers Tyger and Daniel

The stars of the original series are returning for the special including Hugh Dennis as dad Pete, Claire Skinner as mum Sue, Tyger Drew-Honey as eldest son Jake, Daniel Roche as the middle child Ben, and Ramona Marquez as the daughter, Karen.

Ramona also excitedly announced the news on her Instagram page, sharing a recent picture with her on-screen brothers Tyger and Daniel.

She wrote: 'WE ARE SO BACK !!!! OUTNUMBERED CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2024. SEE YOU SOON.'

In a moment of adversity, Sue and Pete gather all their offspring (including one grandchild) to try and celebrate a traditional family Christmas. But fate, neighbours, hyenas and bus replacement services get in their way.

Hugh Dennis says: 'I can't wait for the Brockmans to be back together again. Pete and Sue have downsized, the children are no longer children, but I'm sure family life will prove to be just as chaotic as ever.'

Claire Skinner says: 'I'm really looking forward to being reunited with my TV family. Working on this wonderful BBC comedy doesn't feel like work and is one of the greatest joys for us all.'

Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy, says: 'Outnumbered is one of the crown jewels of British sitcoms. We're so grateful to Guy, Andy, Hattrick, and the cast for dusting it off and putting it back on display.'

Fans were delighted by the news that the British sitcom is set for a big festive return and took to social media to share their excitement.

They said: 'So excited yes my favourite sitcom is coming back for Xmas special'; OUTNUMBERED COMING BACK FOR A SPECIAL EPISODE'; 'Outnumbered is back was NOT expecting that';

'My real family coming home (outnumbered) I've missed my dad so much (pete brockman)'; 'Omg Outnumbered is coming back for Christmas!'; 'Hands up, who saw Outnumbered coming back for Christmas?'.

Others commented that it completed an incredible festive line-up after it was already announced that there would be a final Gavin and Stacey special.

She wrote: 'WE ARE SO BACK !!!! OUTNUMBERED CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2024. SEE YOU SOON'

She wrote: 'WE ARE SO BACK !!!! OUTNUMBERED CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2024. SEE YOU SOON'

The stars of the original series are returning for the special including Hugh Dennis as dad Pete, Claire Skinner as mum Sue, Tyger Drew-Honey as eldest son Jake, Daniel Roche as the middle child Ben, and Ramona Marquez as the daughter, Karen

The stars of the original series are returning for the special including Hugh Dennis as dad Pete, Claire Skinner as mum Sue, Tyger Drew-Honey as eldest son Jake, Daniel Roche as the middle child Ben, and Ramona Marquez as the daughter, Karen

Fans were delighted by the news that the British sitcom is set for a big festive return and took to social media to share their excitement

Fans were delighted by the news that the British sitcom is set for a big festive return and took to social media to share their excitement

The child stars of Outnumbered previously sent fans into a frenzy as they reunited nine years after the hit show ended in October

The child stars of Outnumbered previously sent fans into a frenzy as they reunited nine years after the hit show ended in October

They said: 'Outnumbered AND Gavin & Stacey Christmas specials this year? 20211, is that you?'; Outnumbered AND Gavin and Stacey? Christmas 2024 I love you already'; Gavin and Stacey and now outnumbered??? Finally a good Christmas line-up!!!'

The child stars of Outnumbered previously sent fans into a frenzy as they reunited nine years after the hit show ended in October.

Ramona, 23, took to Instagram to share behind-the-scenes snaps from a secret project with older on-screen brothers Tyger, 28, and Daniel, 24.

The post sparked questions from fans asking if a new series could be on the way, while over on Tyger's Instagram he provided more clues.

The actor, who played Jake Brockman in the hit BBC series, wrote: 'Great to be back with the fam for #comicrelief - if you don't already know, these guys are legends. Apologies for a lack of activity on here. I'll sort it out. #outnumbered #grateful.'

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