Saturday 23 September 2017

Return of Peter Kay's Car Share is ratings success

By Lucy Mapstone

Fans have had to wait two years for the popular sitcom to return.

Peter Kay’s Car Share was welcomed back with open arms to become the highest-rated show of Tuesday night, despite a few storyline-related gripes from viewers.

Comedian Peter’s sitcom first aired in 2015, but fans had to wait two years for his alter-ego John Redmond and Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) to return as car sharing supermarket colleagues who enjoy witty conversation while listening to fictional radio station Forever FM.

The programme’s second series debut on BBC One was the highest-rated programme of the night across all terrestrial channels as an average of 6.4 million people tuned in during the half-hour broadcast, with a peak of 6.5 million, according to overnight data.

Viewers were largely delighted as they watched Manchester-based John reunite with his trusty Fiat 500L, although now that Kayleigh has moved across the city their banter occurred over the phone as they are no longer travelling to work together.

Many shared their joy at the Bafta-winning programme’s return.

Others described it as “amazing”, “heartwarming” and “funny”.

However, while John used the hands-free option during his conversations with Kayleigh, some viewers commented on his checking of the device while stuck in traffic.

There were also plenty of remarks about the state of the car’s rear window.

Other viewers were thrilled to see a surprise cameo appearance from Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, with one declaring him the “best thing” about the second series.

The entire series is now available on iPlayer, and some fans have already indulged in all four episodes.

However, four is “not enough”, according to some, and many have begged for the series to be extended.

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