Car Share to return for concluding special

Friday 17th November 2017, 8:18pm

  • Peter Kay’s Car Share will be back for a final special in 2018
  • Fans have been clamouring for a conclusion to the Series 2 cliffhanger for months
  • An unscripted episode has also been filmed, which will be broadcast this Christmas

Peter Kay and Sian Gibson appeared on Children In Need tonight to confirm that Car Share will return.

The hit sitcom’s second series left viewers on a cliffhanger earlier in the year as to whether colleagues John and Kayleigh would become a couple. One online petition demanding a conclusion to the series gathered more than 100,000 signatures.

Now, the stars have announced that a concluding “season finale” was filmed alongside the four episodes of Series 2, to be broadcast in 2018.

Peter Kay says: “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 stars have also made a separate standalone half-hour special, unconnected to the series storylines, which was filmed without a script. The entirely improvised episode looks set to feature Kay and Gibson alone in the car, and will be broadcast on BBC One this Christmas.

Immediately after the announcment was made, the sitcom’s producer, Gill Isles, tweeted:

The finale episode is set the day after the conclusion of Series 2, revealing just what happens next to John and Kayleigh, and will conclude a repeat run of the four-part second series.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says: “I know it will be music to the ears of millions of fans of Peter Kay‘s joyous award winning comedy to hear that Kayleigh and John will be coming back for one last time with a very special finale episode in 2018.”

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning says: “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 Moon landing, ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ or the Olympics Opening Ceremony, depending on how old you are.”

The finale is written by Paul Coleman, Sian Gibson and Peter Kay, who also directs.

Yesterday, Peter Kay announced his first live tour in 8 years. Tickets go on sale this Sunday morning, at 10am, including via Ticketmaster

An explainer teaser-trailer for the two episodes can be seen here:

Series 2 was released on DVD and Blu-ray this week, alongside Series 1 & 2 box sets.

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Peter Kay's Car Share - Series 2

When Kayleigh relocates across town, John is faced with a dilemma, will they or won’t they continue to car share?

Peter Kay and Sian Gibson return for a second series of Car Share.

First released: Monday 13th November 2017

Peter Kay's Car Share - Series 1 & 2

Includes all 10 episodes from the multi BAFTA award-winning series.

When a supermarket issues a new car share scheme, assistant manager John Redmond (Peter Kay) and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) are thrown together, forcing their paths to cross as they journey to work everyday.

Wonderful, natural performances and beautiful, witty writing, makes this a joyous comedy that you’ll want to watch again and again.

First released: Monday 13th November 2017

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