Peter Kay’s Car Share finale – the verdict

**WARNING Spoilers follow**

Peter Kay and Sian Gibson as Kohn and Kayleigh
Image caption Car share buddies or Romeo and Juliet?

It was the final episode that fans had been hoping for – Peter Kay’s Car Share drew to a close with the “will they, won’t they” relationship between John and Kayleigh finally resolved. Sort of.

The second series of the Bafta-winning BBC One show ended on an emotional cliffhanger last year when Kay’s character John failed to reciprocate the advances of his colleague.

Peter Kay’s Car Share finale – the verdict
Peter Kay’s Car Share finale – the verdict

Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) bravely declared her love for John (Kay), but when he refused to say how he felt, she walked out of his car – and, seemingly, his life.

Viewers were dismayed when Kay revealed there were no plans to pen a third series, but the Bolton comic later announced two new episodes – Monday’s special finale and an improvised standalone show, Car Share: Unscripted, which was shown earlier this month.

And it was Monday’s finale that gave the fans want they wanted, as John finally let his guard down to let friendship flourish into love.

Or at least to let Kayleigh hold his hand on the bus – well, it’s a start.

The show’s writer tweeted that he was glad to have given the public a happy ending.

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Glad to have given a chunk of the country a happy finish #carshare

— Paul Coleman (@PColemanchester) May 28, 2018

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The Telegraph’s Veronica Lee gave the episode five stars out of five, describing it as “perfect, uproarious, adorable”.

But Simon Binns, from the Manchester Evening News, was a little less impressed: “It’s cheesy, feel good, but lacks the drama of the previous episode.”

Most viewers were delighted with the turn of events.

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OMG. Car Share. Tears of laughter. Brilliant. @Sianygibby@peterkay_co_uk

— Dawn Coupe (@MamaCoupe) May 28, 2018

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Ah Car Share. Definitely one of the best British comedies in years. A great end too #CarShare

— Dave Merritt (@dave_merritt) May 28, 2018

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TV presenter Eamonn Holmes was also a fan.

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Come back my #carshare Buddy.

Very, very enjoyable. #CarShareFinale – I hope not.

Big round of applause for @peterkay_co_uk and @SianGibsonFan85@siangibson22 👏👏👏😃

— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 28, 2018

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Eagle-eyed footy fans spotted that the sign on Old Trafford had been changed from Manchester Utd to Manchester City.

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Well they finally tidied #CarShare up but not without controversy. Changing the lettering on Old Trafford to ‘Manchester City’. Cheeky little Bolton scamp.

— Chorlton Saint (@chorltonsaint) May 28, 2018

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And some were left hoping the door was still open – rather than ripped off – for more instalments in the future.

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#CarShare with a the happy ending! Loved it. But…. @Sianygibby and @peterkay_co_uk you’ve left it open for a Christmas special with the wedding on the 28th!!!! Pleeeeeeeeease!


— Marc Atkins (@marcatkins74) May 28, 2018

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Other fans wanted the track John wrote for Kayleigh in the finale to be released as a single, and while rumours abounded that Gary Barlow had written it (after the Take That video for Want You Back featured in the episode), Coleman denied it.

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I already want to get “come back my car share buddy” to the top of the charts and we’re only on the first chorus. 💜🙌🏽 #CarShare

— Laura Alice (@laura_alice24) May 28, 2018

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Among the happy viewers, there were a few naysayers, however.

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Underwhelmed with #CarShare finale. Too much time spent on wedding invite and scrabbling for change to pay for teas etc and thus the ending seemed rushed.

— Joanna D (@weirenbigog) May 28, 2018

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Car share was a bit naff.

— Paul (@Ginner_B) May 28, 2018

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More than 100,000 people had signed a petition demanding a proper pay-off for John and Kayleigh after the second series ended last year. (Gibson joked: “I signed it… twice.”)

BBC Controller of Commissioning Comedy, Shane Allen, told the Radio Times earlier this month: “It’s absolutely about giving the audience what they want.

Image caption Car Share won two Baftas in 2016

Car Share won two Bafta TV Awards in 2016, for best scripted comedy and best male performance in a comedy programme.

A lucky 3,000 fans attended three special preview charity screenings of the finale in April but vowed to not reveal the ending.

Although Monday night’s episode was billed as the last ever, Gibson has hinted that it could return.

Asked in a BBC Q&A, the actress and writer replied: “Never say never.”

Kay has kept a low profile since announcing in December that he was cancelling his future work projects, including his stand-up tour, for family reasons.

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