Aside from the occasional repeats of his live shows on Channel 4, Peter Kay has had a lengthy absence from television. After notable successes with the likes of “Phoenix Nights” and “Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere”, the 41-year-old comedian returns in “Peter Kay’s Car Share”.
The sitcom, which was co-written with Tim Reid and Paul Coleman, follows supermarket workers John Redmond (Peter Kay) and Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson), who have been thrown together in a company car share scheme. Initially, they aren’t too keen on the idea, though they soon warm to each other.
Peter Kay’s Car Share works in a similar style to Rob Brydon’s “Marion & Geoff”, with the vast majority of the programme taking place within the vehicle, only occasionally venturing outside to progress the story.
This confined setting allows for the two main characters to truly acquaint, and it’s a delight to watch. There’s a real chemistry between Kay and Gibson, as they bond over guilty pleasures and nostalgia – all the hallmarks of a Peter Kay comedy. In one particular instance, Redmond exclaims “Bluetooth, it’s the future” – a nod to the infamous garlic bread line.
The gaps in between the pair’s chit-chat are filled with clips from Forever FM – a fictional radio station that is reminiscent of Chorley FM. The snippets of bizarre stories and “Guess The Year” quizzes are a great parody of commercial radio stations, which adds to the humour of the programme.
In terms of humour, Peter Kay’s Car Share certainly has its moments, especially during episode three when Reece Shearsmith guest stars as an unhinged fishmonger, although it doesn’t quite live up to the standard of Peter Kay’s previous outings. Nevertheless, there’s still an abundance of charm that makes for pleasant viewing.