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Peter Kay finally announces return to Car Share following two-year break

The comedian will take part in a new episode of the BBC sitcom and a charity special show

Francesca Shillcock

Peter Kay is set to return to TV for the first time in two years for a very special episode of Car Share. The popular sitcom, which features Peter as John Redman and Sian Gibson as Kayleigh Kitson, will see the stars reprise their roles for an audio special episode which will be available for fans on the BBC iPlayer.

Announcing the news, comedian and actor Peter explained he felt compelled to do something to try and lift the public's spirits amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement released from the BBC, Peter stated: "It's a horrific situation right now we're all going through and like so many I felt compelled to try and do something positive in an effort to cheer people in some way. Sian Gibson, Paul Coleman and myself got together via t'internet and wrote a new short episode of Car Share in an effort to try cheer people up."

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Peter and Sian are reprising their roles for very special episode of Car Share

He went on: "It's all happened very quickly, in fact it didn't exist a week ago. Obviously we weren't able to film anything because of the lockdown but I hope people will use their imagination and enjoy listening. I've given the episode to the good people at BBC iPlayer and it’ll be available to listen from Good Friday 10th April. Here's hoping people enjoy having John & Kayleigh back. Lord knows we need it right now." 

The news of the one-off episode comes shortly after Peter was also named as part of the line-up for a special charity programme in aid of the coronavirus pandemic. The comedian and actor will be taking part in BBC's The Big Night In which will see charities Comic Relief and Children in Need join forces to provide the British public in lockdown a night of entertainment like no other.

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Peter is set for a TV comeback

The return of Car Share and his involvement in The Big Night In, which will air on BBC One on 23 April, marks the Phoenix Night's actor return to TV after the cancellation of all future work projects in late 2017 due to "unforeseen family circumstances." In a statement at the time, he said: "Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects… My sincerest apologies." 

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