Peter Kay to Car Share for the BBC in New Greenlit Sitcom
Further to the BBC’s announcement of Matt Lucas’ new silent comedy Show, Pompidou, they have today also announced another green light, this time welcoming Peter Kay to the channel with new sitcom Car Share to be filmed in the North West.
Written and directed by Kay himself, and created by Tim Reid and Paul Coleman, the show is set to first be broadcast on the BBC iPlayer before it is aired on BBC One. Kay will star as John, along with co-star Sian Gibson, as they end up sharing a company car to commute to their respective jobs at a major supermarket. The show appears to focus on the pair’s journeys as each trip is said to bring fresh insight into their lives.
Kay is enthusiastic to be finally working with the BBC and said that the idea behind the show really appealed to him “as it highlights the comedy in the minutiae of the daily trek and allows the spiraling conversations of life to unwind in all of their glory.”
This new strategy to stream the show on the BBC iPlayer is the company’s attempt to showcase a much wider scope of television content. Car Share will be the first series to go live in its entirety on the iPlayer prior to being broadcast on TV. It forms a part of a 40-hour content trial which has now been approved by the BBC Trust.
Prior to this, Kay fans can look forward to a Secret Millionaire spoof he has filmed for Channel 4 which will be aired later this year. Going by the name “Malachy’s Millions” Kay will trade his luxurious lifestyle in for one week to go undercover in a former mining town in an attempt to change the lives of some particular locals.