Mo­tor­ing to com­edy suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - STU­ART GREER

ACOM­EDY writer has seen his first ever sit­com aired on BBC 1 af­ter he ap­proached mega star comic Peter Kay with his idea.

Tim Reid, from Bolling­ton, and col­league Paul Cole­man wrote Car Share, which made its TV de­but last Wed­nes­day.

The se­ries, which is avail­able to view on the BBC iPlayer, came to life af­ter they con­tacted Mr Kay for ad­vice.

He liked it so much he signed up to star in and di­rect it.

Peter Kay plays John Red­mond with actress Sian Gibson as his work­mate Kayleigh Kit­son in the six part se­ries.

The story fol­lows the two su­per­mar­ket work­ers who have been thrown to­gether in a com­pany car share scheme.

Mr Reid, 46, and Mr Cole­man dis­cov­ered a shared pas­sion for com­edy af­ter work­ing to­gether as busi­ness con­sul­tants for in­no­va­tion com­pany What If.

Mr Reid said: “Paul had worked with Peter be­fore on Bri­tain’s Got the Pop Fac­tor and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere and we thought let’s show it to him and see what’s work­ing and what is not.

“We were just hop­ing he would give us some feed­back and opin­ions – whether it was a good idea or not and whether the writ­ing was good enough or not.

“That was our hope – just to get his view on what we had done.

“So it was a real thrill when he came back and said not only did he re­ally like it but wanted to get in­volved too.

“He loved the idea and asked us if we wanted him to work with us on it and you don’t say no to that – he is the best there is.”

Mr Reid said: “My­self and Paul were both in­ter­ested in writ­ing com­edy and sit­coms, and came up with idea of a car share.

“We loved self-con­tained char­ac­ter-based sit­u­a­tions like Por­ridge and Ris­ing Damp, which fo­cus on the char­ac­ters and how they in­ter­act.

“We hit on the idea of a car share where two char­ac­ters would be in a very tight sit­u­a­tion and thrown to­gether. It came to­gether very quickly.

“Be­fore we knew where we were we had writ­ten six episodes.”

Peter Kay said: “I re­ally liked the idea of two peo­ple com­mu­ni­cat­ing in a con­fined space, the po­ten­tial of spi­ralling con­ver­sa­tions and the op­por­tu­nity to find hu­mour in the daily com­mute that mil­lions of peo­ple do ev­ery­day.”

‘He loved the idea and wanted to get in­volved’

BBC/Good­night Vi­enna Pro­duc­tions/Matt Squire

●● Peter Kay and Sian Gibson in Car Share

●● Tim Reid, co-writer of BBC 1 sit­com Car Share

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