Peter Kay talks Car Share's subtle romance

The comedian is surprised the not-quite romance has become such a hit.

Peter Kay has said he never intended for a will-they-won’t-they romance to become such a key part of Car Share.

The comedian talked to Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 about the subtle love affair developing between his character John and Sian Gibson’s Kayleigh in his sitcom.

He said: “I never realised it would be so much of a subtle romance.

Peter Kay
Peter is pleased with the reaction to Car Share (Anthony Devlin/PA)

“There is an undercurrent of romance but I don’t want it to be Just Good Friends – not that I didn’t like Just Good Friends, I loved it – but they did circle around each other for a good few series.

“It just developed into this, I didn’t realise people would think of it more as a romance.

“That’s what is more intriguing about it – is it unrequited love, or people who very much want to be loved and would love to be in love but are frightened of getting hurt.

Peter Kay Car Share
Peter Kay’s Car Share team have won awards for the sitcom (Ian West/PA)

“They want to say it but they’re just so frightened that if they’ll say it they’ll get rejected, so the easy option is just not to say it.”

Viewers were surprised to see Elbow frontman Guy Garvey make a cameo in the current second series of the BBC One comedy.

Peter explained how Guy had ended up as mechanic Steve.

Guy Garvey
Guy Garvey made a Car Share cameo (Ian West/PA)

He said: “When I was writing it I kept picturing Guy Garvey, I don’t know why, I just kept picturing him as this guy with a bike.

“I rang him and he said he enjoyed it, and I said well funnily enough would you fancy being in it.

Sian Gibson
Will Sian Gibson’s character end up with Peter Kay’s? (Ian West/PA)

“He said ‘well, I’ve not done anything since school plays’, and he was really good.

“It was a bit of a gamble because he could have been really wooden but he was relaxed enough to be himself.”

Peter Kay’s Car Share continues on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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