Peter Kay rules out any more Car Share: ‘Sometimes you’re better quitting when you’re ahead

Peter Kay says his hit BBC1 comedy Car Share won't be returning as had a sense he was 'running out of ideas'

Peter Kay says he has no more plans for any more series of his hit BBC1 comedy Car Share.

The second, four-part series of the comedy set largely in a car has been watched by millions on BBC1 and BBC iPlayer. But despite appearing to leave the show on a will they-won’t they cliffhanger it looks like Tuesday night’s episode is the last we’ll see of his character John and car sharer co-worker Kayleigh (Sian Gibson).

He revealed a decision on Radio Manchester when the DJ asked him if he’d think about moving the radio in the car from Forever FM to his station.

Peter said: “There’s not going to be a series three so it won’t ever happen… You’ve got to get out while the going’s good. No Christmas special, no.”

He continued: “I am absolutely delighted and overwhelmed by everybody’s support and the fact that everyone’s loved it so much has been wonderful for everyone who’s made it, but you’re better quitting while you’re ahead. There’s only so much you can do in a car and the last thing you want to do is ruin it because I think it’s a lovely thing.

“It’s been wonderful working with Sian, who’s one of my closest friends in the world. We have a good laugh, but I think sometimes you’ve got to just leave things.

“You need good ideas – that’s the problem. You need good strong stories. A lot of series tend to go on for one series too many, especially with comedies, and I think people say ‘Ooh, it’s gone off, that’.

“If you’re struggling and you just get a sense when you’re writing that you might be running out of ideas, that’s when I think you should walk away.”

One of his shows that Peter could resurrect is Channel 4 comedy Phoenix Nights, which last screened in 2002.

“I love Phoenix Nights and I would love to go back. I’ve got a lot of ideas about Phoenix Nights,” he said. “In fact there’s a whole series three been written for about 15 years, but so many things get in the way in life like touring and being a father. Real life continues and Car Share takes about a year to make and edit.”


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