The BBC has renewed Peter Kay’s Car Share for a second season.
The sitcom, which premiered exclusively on BBC iPlayer last year, remains BBC One’s most-watched new sitcom since 2011. As a box set, it received 3 million iPlayer requests in its first four days alone, before the series transmitted on BBC One to over six million viewers. It has since gone on to win Best Scripted Comedy at the BAFTA Television Awards, with Peter Kay taking home the award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy.
Now, the BBC has announced that Peter Kay and Sian Gibson will be back in 2017 to continue their partnership, as colleagues John and Kayleigh who find themselves united in their journey to work by a company car share scheme.
Season 1 climaxed with a ‘will they won’t they’ moment between John and Kayleigh, as their chemistry grew and it looked like romance could be on the cards. The soundtrack to their friendship (courtesy of fictional local radio station Forever FM) was sealed with a mix CD from Kayleigh to John, but what will become of their blossoming relationship?
“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,” comments Kay.
Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, TV Channels and iPlayer, and Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, Season 2 is written by Paul Coleman, Sian Gibson and Peter Kay, who also directs. It will once again be produced by Gill Isles for production company Goodnight Vienna.
Allen adds: “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.”
The second season will consist of four half-hour episodes – and, crucially, will once again premiere in its entirety on BBC iPlayer.