Fans of Car Share were left devastated when Peter Kay announced he wouldn’t be bringing back the show for a third series. In fact – it caused such an uproar, that viewers even started a petition to bring the show back; leaving Kay forced to apologise to dedicated fans for his decision.
In an interview with BBC Radio Manchester back in May, the comedian said live on air: “I am sorry I have upset people. There were a lot of funny things in last night’s episode. People are forgetting things like us hanging out of a front room window. They are just concentrating on the ending.”
“Sian [Gibson] put her phone on and had about 50 messages. And she said ‘what have you said, my phone’s gone mental?’.
“I just mentioned that that we weren’t doing another one. That’s just the truth. I didn’t mean to upset anybody. I didn’t think there would be petitions.”
According to The Guardian, the show was such a success, that it was rated one of the highest watched sitcoms on BBC since 2011 – even competing with the ever-popular Mrs Browns Boys.
The first episode of the show saw 6.5 million people tuning into the very first episode, whilst a further 2.5 million headed to BBC Iplayer to catch up on the series at a later datte. Talking at the time, Kay said: “We’ve been blown away by the reception for our little show. All we wanted was to make something feel-good and happy so it’s really wonderful it connected with so many people.”
We do however, have good news! Car Share is coming back in some sort of form for Children in Need. Part of the schedule for the charity show has “Car Share” on it, but in what form, we do not know?
What can we expect too see from the special feature?
Fans were left infuriated as Kay left the final episode on a real cliffhanger, therefore would they never know what would happen to characters Kayleigh and John?
Talking to presenter Becky Want via phone, he said: “I think people thought it was a publicity stunt but what happened was I heard you were doing a Car Share playlist with the lovely tribute so I thought it would be quite nice because I can basically see where you are from the roof of my house and I thought it would be lovely to give you a call and thank you.
“I never intended to talk about Car Share. You asked me about series three and I said I didn’t think there was going to be another, which there isn’t going to be, or a Christmas special. But I think people thought it was some kind of publicity plan.”
As soon as the show ended, the uproar caused by the announcement saw 300,000 new requests to watch the show on BBC Iplayer to watch the series – leaving cast and crew and BBC bosses totally bewildered by the popularity.
Could this be about to change? Maybe we will find out if they did get together at last. It would be a wonderful opportunity to give the fans what they want to see, aired during the BBC’s charity show dedicated to raising money for a good cause.
On the other hand, Peter Kay is reputed for keeping outtakes and bloopers and treating fans to the unseen footage on unexpected occasions. Perhaps we will be treated to this?
— Dan McMahon ⚡ (@DanMcmahonF1) November 8, 2017
Fans have their say on the potential of seeing John and Kayleigh finally together as a couple
@clomalin: “YESSS! i hope so John and Kayleigh are perfect together”
@FiBeau: “Arrrggggghhhhh! So excited but also gutted I won’t get to see it live cos I’ll be in New York. But I’ve been waiting and hoping and praying for a happy ending for J&K all year so please let this be it….”
@lainey_baker: “Car Share is on Children in Need. It has to show John and Kayleigh as a couple surely?! I wait in anticipation”
Has Peter Kay had a change of heart?
Speaking to the Radio Times just after the second series ended, Kay stated: “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.
“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’.”
Surely a short special on Children in Need may be the perfect way to resolve the fans demands and allow Kay to keep Car Share, series 2 as the final instalment?
Car Share won awards last night
Last night, Car Share won ‘Best Comedy’ at the Royal Television Society Awards, held at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester. With over 450 special guests in attendance, the show not only gained recognition of its success, but Sian Gibson who played the role of Kayleigh also won the award for ‘Best Performance in a Comedy’.
Talking to the Radio Times about her first experience watching herself play the character, she confessed: When I first saw it, I thought I was dreadful – I was worried that I had just ruined Peter Kay’s career…even Peter was surprised at how everyone responded to it,”
Wooohooo! Car Share won 2 awards! Thank you so much to @RTSNW for the award for best comedy series and also completely overwhelmed to win the award for Best Performance in comedy against the wonderful Peter, Johnny and Richard. I'm taking this one for the ladies -Girl Power✌🏻 pic.twitter.com/sDgwAt3Vwv
— Sian Gibson (@Sianygibby) November 12, 2017
So viewers who tuned in to that teasing final episode of series 2 were left pondering how on earth the story could have been left at such a dramatic point…Perhaps the pair will become ‘coupled up’ in the Children In Need special…who knows! We’ll just have to wait until Friday, November 17th to see what this special feature has in store.
Imagine a John and Kayleigh kiss? We are sensing a Social Media meltdown if that does indeed happen.