Peter Kay breaks silence three months after cancelling record-breaking tour with exciting Car Share update

Peter Kay breaks silence three months after cancelling record-breaking tour with exciting Car Share update

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The comedian has announced his hit comedy show Car Share will return with two new episodes for a charity screening event raising money for a cause close to his heart

Peter Kay has broken his silence for the first time since cancelling his record-breaking stand-up tour in December.

The comedian's Twitter account revealed that a charity Car Share screening will be held next month to raise money for a children's charity - and two brand new episodes of the hit comedy show will air to the audience, along with two older ones.

'Exciting news: A charity screening of new Peter Kay's Car Share episodes will be held at Blackpool Opera House on Saturday 7th April. Tickets on sale Saturday at 9am,' he wrote.

He included a link to the TicketMaster site which is selling tickets, priced at £13.20 plus a booking fee.

The money raised will go towards the Lily Foundation, which helps children with Mitochondrial Disease - and Peter said he's had 'first-hand experience' of its work.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Saturday March 31 from the TicketMaster website. No under-15s will be allowed to attend.

In a blog post, TicketMaster said: 'Blackpool Opera House will host a special charity screening of Peter Kay’s award winning BBC series Car Share.

'The event will showcase four episodes of the BBC One sitcom, including the premiere of two brand new eposides; Car Share: Unscripted and the series finale.

'Funds raised from the event will support The Lily Foundation.'

A quote from Peter himself said: 'The Lily Foundation is an inspiring charity that helps to improve the lives of children with Mitochondrial Disease.'

'I've had first-hand experience of the Foundation's work and I'm proud to raise both awareness and much needed funds to help with the inspiring work they provide to children and their families.'

The blog post went on: 'Fans will be able to watch the exploits of John and Kayleigh, played by Peter Kay and Sian Gibson respectively, on Saturday 7 April 2018.

'The series first aired on the BBC in 2015, introducing assistant manager John and promotions rep Kayleigh to the world. To date the series consists of two seasons, with each episode showing the pair’s often hilarious journeys to and from work.

'The unscripted episode and the series finale will round off season two at the charity event.

'Peter Kay’s Car Share has celebrated critical success, winning Best Comedy at the 2016 National TV Awards, as well as the 2016 BAFTA for Best Male Performance and Best Scripted Comedy.'

It's the first time Peter has spoken publicly since he put out a statement cancelling his tour, devastating the thousands of fans who had bought tickets.

'Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects,' he said in December.

'This includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.'

'My sincerest apologies,' he continued, insisting the decision had not been 'taken lightly.'

'I'm sure you'll understand that my family must always come first.' he said. 'I've always endeavoured to protect my family's privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I'm very sorry.'

Fans were concerned at the time that his cancellation would mean the planned two new episodes of Car Share would not go ahead in 2018.

But the BBC confirmed to Mirror Online that the planned finale and one-off special, Car Share: Unscripted would still air on BBC One.

The Unscripted show will follow John and Kayleigh home on their daily commute with the entire episode being completely improvised.

Peter previously said: 'We were always very fond of ad libbing around the script when we were filming the series so we decided to see what would happen if we took the script away and just relied on just our chemistry alone, reacting to whatever came on the radio.'

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said: 'I know it will be music to the ears of millions of fans of Peter Kay's joyous award winning comedy to hear that Kayleigh and John will be coming back for one last time with a very special finale episode in 2018.'

Meanwhile Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning said: 'Car Share has been the hit comedy of 2017 with audiences of over 11 million. This new finale is going to be the TV comedy equivalent of The Space Landing, ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ or The Olympics Opening Ceremony depending on how old you are.”

Fans were left devastated when the second series ended with Kayleigh stepping out of John's car and his life forever.

More than 100,000 people signed a petition demanding another ending.

And confirming their wish would be granted, appearing on Children In Need 2017, Peter, 44, said: 'We were completely overwhelmed by the response and even though we've no plans to write a third series we knew we couldn't end the story there.'

A BBC spokeswoman told Mirror Online on March 22 2018: 'I can't confirm when Car Share will be going out, but can say it’s coming soon to BBC One.'

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