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Interview : Peter Kay & Sian Gibson, Car Share

Interview : Peter Kay & Sian Gibson, Car Share

Photo : John (Peter Kay) and Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) | Credit : BBC/Goodnight Vienna Productions

Car Share was a runaway hit, picking up two BAFTA awards and millions of viewers. It’s back for a second series..with sing-along dream sequences more awesome than before. After being forced to commute together in a supermarket Car Share scheme, assistant manager John Redmond (Peter Kay) and promotions assistant Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) now find themselves reluctantly having to make the daily commute to work separately. What Forever FM songs will we be singing along to?

How does it feel to be back behind the wheel in the new series?

Peter: It was an absolute joy to be back in the car again as after the first series everything was much more familiar. Also the weather was particularly kind to us, we had plenty of sunshine and only had one day of rain which is pretty rare in the north west of England.

Sian: I couldn’t wait to get back in the car because we had such a great time making the first series. This time felt even better because like Peter said, we were much more familiar with everything.

Do you select the songs on Forever FM? Do they have any special meaning to either of you?

Sian: We spent ages going through the music and reminiscing. It was the most enjoyable part of writing. We both have the same taste in music.

Peter: No we don’t.

Sian: We do mostly.

Peter: Old stuff we do but you always say if I was anymore middle of the road I’d get knocked down.

Sian: (laughs) When did I say that?

Peter: Ages ago.

Sian: (laughs) That’s really funny, I don’t ever remember saying that. Well it’s true… I’m joking.

Peter: We did spend a lot of time selecting the music, probably more than writing. We’re both fond of One Step Further by Bardo, which is in episode one of the new series. We both made our own video to it back in college in 1995.

Sian: Was it really 1995? I feel so old.

Peter: You are.

Sian: Hey! (laughs) It did bring back at lot of memories singing it again.

In the first series, you recreated a number of pop videos, did either of you have a favourite one?

Peter: I’m very fond of them all but probably Rush Hour by Jane Wiedlin would be my favourite as we were both in the video together.

Sian: I agree with Peter. I loved all the 50’s costumes and the routine in Rush Hour but I think I had the best deal out of the pop videos, Anastasia… Cyndi Lauper and also being in my own animation swimming under water to Mmmmbop by Hanson.

Peter: That was a first.

“Even though I know how much people love Peter, I was still worried that they would just be bored with the two of us stuck in a car and I might be responsible for Peters first TV flop.”

Were you surprised at how successful the first series was?

Sian: Well I was completely. Even though I know how much people love Peter, I was still worried that they would just be bored with the two of us stuck in a car and I might be responsible for Peters first TV flop. So overwhelmed at how much everybody enjoyed the show and the characters.

Peter: Me too, I was completely surprised. I always believed in Car Share but like Sian I was always worried that viewers may not have the patience to stay with such a simple idea of two people commuting to work, especially in the this fast paced day and age with so many options to watch, so yes I was completely surprised. Casting Sian was the best decision I ever made and I was grateful that the BBC trusted my decision as I knew if we could capture even just a fraction of our friendship then maybe that would be the magic that people would enjoy the most.

Sian: That’s nice.

Peter: It’s true, besides Sheridan Smith was busy filming Cilla.

Sian: You’re funny.

Car Share was the most watched new sitcom of 2015, did that create additional pressure when writing the new series?

Peter: No, not at all because we’d already written most of the new series in 2014 which was a bit of a gamble as we didn’t know if the BBC would want a second series but we just loved spending the time writing it together.

Sian: What he said (laughs).

You’ve known each other for a number of years now and have worked together before, how did you get along in this series?

Sian: We speak to each other every day anyway so working together just saves our phone bill.

Peter: True.

Sian: Our relationship has never changed since our college days, we are still as silly and childish so obviously whenever we work together we get along perfectly as always.

Peter: What she said (laughs).

Series one was made available on BBC iPlayer first and the new series will be available on BBC iPlayer in its entirety immediately after episode one airs on BBC One. Why have you decided to do that?

Peter: Because viewers love to binge watch and it’s great being able to watch as many episodes as you like in one sitting.

Sian: I do that, I watched the full series of The Missing in one day.

Peter: I know, it tipped you over the edge.

Sian: I couldn’t stop watching it. I had to know what happened.

Peter: That’s exactly what I mean about bingeing.


John and Kayleigh are back behind the wheel in the return of Peter Kay’s BAFTA award-winning series.

Sian – It was recently announced that you will be guest appearing in new BBC One comedy, Hospital People, can you tell us a little bit about that?

Sian: It’s a really funny script and an amazing cast so I’m very excited to be a part of it. My character Hilary is very different to Kayleigh so it was great to be given the opportunity to do something so different. It was lots of fun.

What comedies do you both enjoy watching at the moment?

Sian: I have watched all of Inside Number 9 – I love how they are all so different and quite dark. I am also obsessed with Catastrophe, I think Sharon Horgan is amazing.

Peter: I think Reece and Steve’s writing is fantastic. I don’t know how they keep the stories so consistent and varied, which is hard enough but to have to make them funny on top makes it even harder.

How good a driver are you?

Peter: Erm…

Sian: We are both very bad drivers.

Peter: I’m not that bad I just suffer with a lack of spatial awareness.

Sian: And you drove into that curb at M&S the other night.

Peter: Alright, it was just a tap, what about when you sneezed and drove through a wall.

Sian: (laughs) I had bad hay fever.

Peter: You don’t get hay fever!

Sian: Oh.

“I know it’s sounds corny but I found my Car Share buddy twenty three years ago and I’d be happy sharing a car with Sian anywhere in the world….as long as she wasn’t driving.”

Peter – Car Share won two BAFTAs and also saw you win a BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance, how did that feel?

Peter: Well it was obviously a shock, which was made clear from my lack of speech. I never thought I’d win and it’s still not sunk in.

So what’s next for Peter and for Sian?

Peter: We’re currently on our Dance For Life tour, where we hold three hour dance-a-thons in arenas around Britain with all the profits going to Cancer Research UK. As I said earlier we both love our music and these nights are such a blast, we love doing them.

Sian: Yes we’re having a ball doing Dance For Life, we just have the best time. Then hopefully we can work together again in the future… Peter?

Peter: What? (shrugs) I’m sure we’ll always work together. We’re the modern day Terry and June.

Finally, if you could go on a road trip anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would you share the journey with?

Peter: I know it’s sounds corny but I found my Car Share buddy twenty three years ago and I’d be happy sharing a car with Sian anywhere in the world….as long as she wasn’t driving.

Sian: Awwwwwwww – obviously it would be with Peter… or Idris Elba.

Peter: You’re funny.

Sian: You’re not so bad yourself.

Car Share airs on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesday evenings. You can watch the all four episodes of Series 2 on BBC iPlayer now.

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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