Peter Kay’s BAFTA award winning TV show Car Share has grown in popularity since its second series hit the silver screen back in April. Despite gloomy times nationally, fans flocked to watch the episodes with many indulging in back-to-back series binges as the whole season was uploaded onto the online BBC iPlayer.
The second series documenting John and Kayleigh’s commute to their jobs at a local supermarket fared even better ratings-wise than the first, with an average viewership of 7.28 million per episode. Accompanied by fan favourite radio station Forever FM and some trips out of the car to break up the commute, the series didn’t quite put an end to the ongoing ‘will-they-won’t-they’ drama of romance – and viewers want more of a conclusion.
A Change.org petition has been set up by Car Share super-fans to demand that Peter Kay and Sian Gibson produce a third series. Almost 11,000 people have signed the online petition and it’s now just 4,000 away from its target of 15,000. When it hits 15,000 signatures, the petition creator, Ryan Mills, Williams, will send it on to Peter Kay for consideration.
This direct action comes despite Kay having already ruled out a third series and a seasonal Christmas special. He phoned in to BBC Radio Manchester last month to confirm his decision, but was met by outrage from fans – including claims that his call was a publicity stunt. He later phoned in again to apologise, but reiterate that it would not be going ahead, saying: “That’s the truth, I didn’t mean to upset anybody. I’m sorry I’ve upset people. There’s only so much you can do with a car, the last thing you want to do is ruin it.”, and alluded to “quitting while you’re ahead”.
Of course, whether there’s a third series of Car Share or not, you can take part in your own shared trips by signing up to Liftshare.com. With over 500,000 active members and lifts offered and requested across the country, it’s easy to find a match for your trips.
Will you be signing the petition for a third series of Peter Kay’s Car Share, or do you think the show has run its course? Tweet us your thoughts at @Liftshare.
Author Kate Cooper