Peter Kay to star in BBC iPlayer comedy

 

Peter Kay is to star in his first BBC One comedy, which will debut on iPlayer before being broadcast on television.

Kay will play a supermarket worker who has to spend his commute with a colleague as part of a company car-share scheme.

Car Share will be the first series to be made available online on BBC iPlayer before being broadcast on BBC One. 

BBC iPlayer is normally used as a catch-up service for missed TV, but the comedy series is part of a trial in which 40 hours of programming will be made available online first.

BBC One controller Danny Cohen said: “It is hugely exciting that Peter Kay is coming to BBC One with his new series- even more so with the innovative plan we have to launch the show online.”

Kay is better known for his Channel 4 comedies Phoenix Nights and Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere. He has made appearances in BBC programmes Little Britain and Doctor Who, but Car Share will be his first BBC comedy.

He said: “To be finally working with the BBC on a new comedy is a great opportunity. And the idea of two people car sharing to work each day really appealed to me, as it highlights the comedy in the minutia of the daily trek and allows the spiralling conversations of life to unwind in all of their glory.”

The BBC’s decision to stream a series exclusively online follows in the footsteps of TV web streaming service Netflix, whose political drama House of Cards debuted last month in the US. 

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