Peter Kay sitcom to premiere on BBC iPlayer before TV

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BBC iPlayer will premiere Peter Kay’s new sitcom, starring Kay as a character who gets involved in a car sharing scheme. Car Share marks the first ever series to debut on the video on-demand platform in its entirety before a linear transmission.

After its debut on iPlayer, the sitcom will be shown on BBC One, and forms part of a 40-hour content deal, approved by the BBC Trust.

Created by Tim Reid and Paul Coleman, Car Share, as with the majority of Kay’s projects, will also be directed by the comedian.

Kay stars as John, who is thrown together in a car sharing scheme with Kayleigh (played by Sian Gibson), forcing their paths to cross as they journey to their respective jobs at a major out-of-town supermarket.

Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning said: "Everyone adores Peter. It’s bold and exciting for him to head in a more naturalistic comedy direction with this project. It will be a nifty new addition to his incredible body of work and the way it is being launched is very canny.” 

Car Share was commissioned by Danny Cohen, controller of BBC One and Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning, and will be set and filmed in the north-west.

The news comes after BBC Three announced it is to launch original dramas on the online platform. It will produce six original short films over the next two years, which will be written and directed by up-and-coming UK talent.

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