Fans of the hit BBC comedy Car Share were devastated when Peter Kay revealed that he wouldn’t be writing the third series to finish off the gripping cliffhanger at the end of series 2.
Social media went wild as fans were left at the edge of their seats wondering whether or not Kayleigh and John (played by Peter Kay) would finally get together – but the programme was cut off in its tracks.
After a huge argument, Kayleigh was shown storming out of John’s car after asking him whether there were any feelings between them. Upon receiving no definitive answer, she had decided that enough was enough.
The same could be said for the viewers too, who had been watching and waiting throughout two series to see if the pair would ever get together.
“Just finished watching #CarShare – NO! YOU CAN’T DO THAT ENDING! NO!” one viewer wrote on Twitter, while another eager fan went on to say: “Really? Really? I can’t believe the end of car share. I feel like you just robbed my last rolo! I want more! Please, please!”
“Car share can not end how it has. I will not be ok until Kayleigh and John are living happily ever after. #carshare.”
“Nooo that can’t be the ending to #carshare series 2.” another agreed, while another said: “Please make another series of car share! This cannot be the end! Kayleigh deserves love in her life…”
After a huge backlash online, Kay felt the need to apologise to fans for cutting the story short after revealing that he would be writing no further series. Around the time the news was revealed, over 100,000 signatures were signed with the hope that Kay would change his mind on the matter.
Talking to BBC Radio Manchester last year, the comedian and actor revealed that he “didn’t mean to upset anybody” by the choice he made.
“I think people thought it was some kind of publicity stunt,” he went on to say.
“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.
“I am sorry I have upset people. Sian [Gibson] put her phone on and had about 50 messages. 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.”
Discussing his feelings towards the very end of the final episode, Kay went on to say: “There were a lot of funny things in [Tuesday] night’s episode. People are forgetting things like us hanging out of a front room window. They are just concentrating on the ending.”
He added: “I get a bit teary as well… it was hard to film. We did three takes and we only used the first one. It was quite sad when she got out, a bit strange.”
However, fans were gobsmacked when Peter recently revealed that the show will definitely be coming back this year – yes, you read that correctly!
After making a Children In Need special at the end of 2017, Sian Gibson who played the role of Kayleigh confirmed the news of the return: “It’s been a very tough secret to keep. I am glad because we were getting constant abuse about it” she said.
Before Kay continued: “We were completely overwhelmed by the response and even though we’ve no plans to write a third series we knew we couldn’t end the story there”
“We were always very fond of ad-libbing around the script when we were filming the series so we decided to see what would happen if we took the script away and just relied on just our chemistry alone, reacting to whatever came on the radio”.
Not going out isn't quite the same now! I love Car Share, can't wait for the specials. Peter Kay is my favourite too, he's the only one who makes me cry laugh lol! I like Michael McIntyre too.
— Gemma (@GemCWL) January 21, 2018
While fans are glad Car Share will be returning, those who had booked in to see Kay’s tour were gutted when it was announced that he had had to pull out for personal reasons.
The tour which was set to visit 22 venues around the UK for a 12 month period was cancelled before the first gig, with Peter announcing the reason behind the choice in an official statement:
“Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.” he said.
“This, unfortunately, includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments. My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media.
“I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.”
Although Kay has decided to put the tour on the back-burner at the current time, the new series of Car Share will still be going ahead this year as announced.
The new series will include a usual scripted finale episode and a completely unscripted sketch which should make for a very interesting watch.
Discussing the plans for the unscripted special, Kay told the press: “We were always very fond of ad-libbing around the script when we were filming the series so we decided to see what would happen if we took the script away and just relied on just our chemistry alone, reacting to whatever came on the radio.”.
Sian Gibson won the award for her portrayal as Kayleigh in the comedy show at the National Televsion Awards last week, however revealed that she knew all along there would be a final conclusion after the gripping ending of series 2.
” I stand by it, I loved that ending” she said “but we always knew there was going to be a special.
“So we knew there was something after that. So when people were getting angry we were kind of like, ‘yeah yeah, just wait’.”