Nic Wright

Car Share revs up for new series

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Peter Kay’s Car Share is to return for a second series, the BBC has announced.

The show, which stars Kay and Sian Gibson as colleagues brought together by a company car share scheme, will return in 2017.

Set and filmed in the North West, Car Share remains the most-watched new sitcom since 2011, and was recently awarded Best Scripted Comedy and Best Male Performance in a Comedy at the BAFTA Television Awards.

Airing on BBC iPlayer in its entirety before a linear transmission, it was watched 3 million times in its first four days, before being transmitted on BBC One to over six million viewers. The new series’ four thirty-minute episodes will again premiere on BBC iPlayer.

It won Best Comedy at the National Television Awards and Best Entertainment Programme at the TRIC Awards, received four awards at the RTS North West Awards in addition to its two BAFTA Television Awards nominations.

Kay said: “What a joy to be working on the second series of Car Share with the wonderful Sian Gibson. The success of the first series has been completely overwhelming.”

Gibson said: “I’m really excited that Car Share is coming back. We had so much fun making the first series and I can’t wait to be Kayleigh Kitson again.”

Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, TV Channels and iPlayer, and Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, series two is written by Paul Coleman, Sian Gibson and Peter Kay, who also directs.

Moore says: “Car Share broke the mould, innovated and took risks in comedy on prime-time BBC One – a show that epitomises what the channel is all about. I can’t wait for the Bafta-award-winning series to return, and discover where Peter Kay and Sian Gibson take those gorgeous characters that the nation fell in love with.”

Shane Allen says: “There is so much more to explore between John and Kayleigh in their journey together each day and in life. The writing on the new series is sublime – intimate, poignant and hilarious. With Peter Kay and Sian Gibson at the wheel, the audiences are in for another fantastic treat.”