By Susan Watson
Oh how we loved Peter Kay’s Car Share last year but we were all left somewhat frustrated when, in the last episode, Kayleigh finally admitted her true feelings for John… only for John to maddeningly stop short of admitting his true feelings for her!
She stepped out of the car, seemingly for good, and viewers were left not knowing how the pair’s long-simmering romance turned out – which generated quite a reaction from the millions who had tuned in to watch the episode.
Fans of the show even set up an online petition demanding a conclusion to the series, which gathered over 100,000 signatures. The good news is that it worked! In a special episode tonight we’ll finally find out if the biggest “will-they-won’t-they” romance since Friends’ Ross and Rachel finally gets off the ground.
We chat to Peter Kay and co-star, Sian Gibson about what fans of the show can look forward to…
The end of the last series had viewers screaming at the TV. Will this new episode have the same affect?
Peter: Who knows? I just hope they won’t be screaming at the telly again.
Sian: Even I was screaming at the telly and I knew what happened.
Were you surprised to hear that fans had set up a petition demanding “more Car Share?”
Sian: Yes, that was crazy.
Peter: You’d never believe that it’d ever have that kind of effect. A petition!
Sian: I signed it… twice.
But people really do care about the characters…
Peter: Yes, and that is incredibly flattering. We always knew the second series would end that way and we thought people might be a bit miffed, but we never thought they would be so devastated. We decided to write another episode that hopefully gave the characters a resolve and I thought, let’s hold this back until the repeat of the second series. It was hard to keep it a secret after the reaction we got, but we never said that there wouldn’t be any more Car Share… we just said there wouldn’t be a third series.
What has been the funniest scene to film?
Sian: The scenes when we were dressed as Harry Potter and Hagrid, giving Elsie the female Smurf a lift home from a work do.
Peter: Oh yeah, they were almost as hard as the ones with Reece Shearsmith as Stink Ray in the first series. You are just constantly cracking up laughing.
The Harry Potter episode…
What’s your fondest memory of working on the show?
Sian: I like filming a lot but I really enjoyed writing the series. We’d meet up at Paul’s or Peter’s and have something to eat.
Peter: I love the whole process, from start to finish, but editing is my favourite. One person who shouldn’t be overlooked is Matt Brown – he edited the whole series and creatively he added a lot of detail. I’ll miss working with him until the next project.
Finally, is this really the last ever Car Share?
Sian: Never say never.
Peter: Well, unless you’re waiting on an invite to Sian’s house.
Sian: Leave it (laughing).