We were all set for the finale of Car Share Series 2 on BBC One later…then we heard this bombshell!
Peter Kay has announced that there will be no Series 3, despite the show’s overwhelming popularity.
When asked in an interview whether lead character John would ever switch from Forever FM to Radio Manchester, Kay replied: “There’s not going to be a series three so it won’t ever happen.”
He added: “You’ve got to get out while the going’s good. No Christmas special, no.”
Peter 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.”
So how about more Phoenix nights?
“I love Phoenix Nights and I would love to go back. I’ve got a lot of ideas about Phoenix Nights.
“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.”