After months of rumours, BBC One has confirmed that they have renewed their award winning comedy series Car Share for a second season.
Originally commissioned in 2013, Car Share was created by Peter Kay and followed colleagues John (Kay) and Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) who found themselves united in their journey to work by a company car share scheme.
Both Peter Kay and Sian Gibson will reprise their roles in the show’s second season, which was commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of TV Channels and iPlayer Charlotte Moore and Head of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen. Four half-hour episodes have been ordered for season two.
Car Share has the distinction of being one of the first series that were commissioned to be premiere on the iPlayer before being given a linear broadcast window on BBC One. The strategy was a successful one, with the series logging more than three million stream requests in the first four days, before subsequently attracting an audience of 6 million viewers when it aired on BBC One.
“Car Share broke the mould, innovated and took risks in comedy on primetime BBC One – a show that epitomises what the channel is all about”, said Charlotte Moore. “I can’t wait for the Bafta-award-winning series to return, and discover where Peter Kay and Sian Gibson take those gorgeous characters that the nation fell in love with.”
Notably, this formal renewal comes shortly after Car Share picked up a pair of BAFTA Award (Best Scripted Comedy and Best Male Performance in a Comedy for Peter Kay). The scripts for season two are being penned by Paul Coleman, Sian Gibson and Peter Kay, the latter of whom is also attached to direct. Goodnight Vienna is producing with Gill Isles serving as the executive producer. Like season one, the new episodes will initially premiere on BBC iPlayer, before airing on BBC One in 2017.