Peter Kay’s Car Share will be returning for a one-off, improvised special on BBC One in the new year.
Kay announced the news during Children in Need last night. The finale, Car Share: Unscripted, will see Kay and Sian Gibson returning as John and Kayleigh. The episode will see them returning from work and will have no script, with the duo improvising the whole way through.
The news will be of huge relief to fans of the series, as Kay announced earlier this year the show would not be returning, having ended it on a somewhat sad cliff-hanger. This frustrated viewers so much that an online petition was created to revive the series that collected over 100,000 signatures. Kay said: “We were completely overwhelmed by the response and even though we’ve no plans to write a third series we knew we couldn’t end the story there.”
The BBC’s head of comedy commissioning, Shane Allen, has been rather comically dramatic when talking the return of the series, saying: “Car Share has been the hit comedy of 2017 with audiences of over 11 million. This new finale is going to be the TV comedy equivalent of The Space Landing, ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ or The Olympics Opening Ceremony depending on how old you are.”
Aside from Car Share, Kay is also returning to live comedy next year, as he will be performing his first stand-up tour in eight years. Tickets for his Have Gags, Will Travel tour will go on sale tomorrow from Ticketmaster at 10am.