iPlayer debut for Peter Kay's BBC sitcom

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Comedian Peter Kay is to make his first BBC One sitcom, but the show, titled Car Share, will go out on TV only after making its debut on the BBC iPlayer.

Kay plays a supermarket worker forced to spend his commute with a colleague as part of a company car-share scheme.

The star has also directed the six half-hour episodes.

The series will be the first to be made available online on the iPlayer in its entirety before being broadcast on a BBC TV channel.

The iPlayer is mainly used as a catch-up service, but Car Share is part of a trial in which 40 hours of programming will be made available online first.

'Spiralling conversations'

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."

Peter Kay is among the UK's most popular comedians and is best known on TV for Channel 4 shows like Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere.

In 2010 and 2011, he broke the world record for the biggest-selling stand-up tour, which was seen by 1.1 million people over 113 arena nights. He is also the first comedian to sell 10 million DVDs in the UK.

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."


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    Comment number 55.

    Peter Kay is a bit of a has-been already, isn't he.

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    Comment number 54.

    Well at least they will see what the true viewing figures are like before they commit to more than 1 series and what areas of the UK it is a hit with and not rely on a company taking samples from people who may or may not watch the BBC

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    Comment number 53.

    The Pattern is this: talented presenter - has own show on Channel 4 - ratings hit - show brilliant - critical success - artist gets poached by BBC - programme watered down copycat rubbish, artist overpaid - critical flop - career goes down toilet : Graham Norton, Johnathan Ross, Johnny Vaughn. Seems like going commercial channels to BBC is the kiss of death to me - Kay is making a big mistake

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    Comment number 52.

    Channel 4 finds the talent, nurtures it and is where it produces its best work. The BBC is where talent goes to die and career then falls after a cliff shortly afterwards. Peter Kay is making a big mistake signing up to the BBC. Utterly Outrageous BBC is going to fund Frankie Boyle

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    Comment number 51.

    Sky are currently broadcasting two or three episodes of "Landmark" Drama series on Thursday's.
    It's a hook to draw you into pay TV.
    Well it'll take more than two episodes of the Borgias to make me part with £30 a month.
    And the chances of me watching Peter Kay on the I player are even slimmer.
    I'll exploit new technology when it suits me.


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