Peter Kay to star in new BBC sitcom

Peter Kay has written a new sitcom about car sharing, which will make its debut on iPlayer before being broadcast on BBC One in a network first

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Peter Kay is to star in a new BBC sitcom about car sharing.

The 'Phoenix Nights' creator - who hasn't written a comedy series since 'Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere' nearly 10 years ago - has penned 'Car Share', his first ever sitcom for the channel, and will also direct the six-episode show.

The programme will focus on the lives of supermarket workers John (Peter) and Kayleigh (Sian Gibson), who are both part of a company car share scheme through which they endure comical journeys to work at a major out-of-town supermarket every morning.

Peter said: "To be finally working with the BBC on a new comedy is a great opportunity. And the idea of two people car sharing to work each day really appealed to me, as it highlights the comedy in the minutiae of the daily trek and allows the spiralling conversations of life to unwind in all of their glory."

In a first for the network, the series will be shown on BBC iPlayer prior to its transmission on BBC One as part of a 40-hour content trial.

Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, said: "It is hugely exciting that Peter Kay is coming to BBC One with his new series - even more so with the innovative plan we have to launch the show online."

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, added: "Everyone adores Peter. It's bold and exciting for him to head in a more naturalistic comedy direction with this project. It will be a nifty new addition to his incredible body of work and the way it is being launched is very canny."

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