Peter Kay has penned a new emotional Car Share sketch for a tribute book about the National Health Service.
The comedian, 47, wrote about his character John’s cancer scare, with the supermarket assistant manager telling cashier Kayleigh about having a brain scan.
The moving story is published in book Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, which features 100 tales by celebs in tribute to the NHS.
Touching: Peter Kay has penned a new Car Share sketch which sees his character John telling Kayleigh about a brain cancer scare for an NHS tribute book (pictured the comedian and Sian Gibson in the popular BBC show)
The sketch begins with Peter’s character John explaining how he’s organising his dad’s end-of-life care to Kayleigh.
He tells her: ‘I went for a brain scan once… it was years ago, I kept getting these really bad headaches.
‘My GP said it was sinuses, but being a proper hypochondriac, I thought: “b*****ks, what does he know?” So I booked in for a brain scan.’
John reveals that he was left in tears during the MRI when, after asking the nurse to play Simon & Garfunkel, the first track which came on was The Sound Of Silence.
Hit show: Car Share finished in 2018 but did return for a one-off audio special in April amid the coronavirus pandemic (Peter is pictured in 2017)
‘It got worse – in the third verse the lyrics are “silence like a cancer grows”. I was in tears. I was ashen when I came out,’ says John.
Thankfully, the sketch ends on a positive note, with John explaining that nothing was found by the doctors, and that his GP had been right: his sinuses were the issue.
Peter’s new Car Share sketch is included in Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, which was curated and edited by Adam Kay.
As well as the comedian, 100 other inspirational people came together to share their personal stories about how the NHS has supported them and changed their lives.
End of an era: The final episode saw John and Kayleigh holding hands as they sat on a bus and laughing after one of their rows ended in his car being towed, hinting they were finally going to end up a couple
As a collection the deeply moving, hilarious and hopeful become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.4 million people who go above and beyond every single day.
Other famous faces who contributed to the book include Paul McCartney, Emilia Clarke, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Sir Trevor McDonald and Graham Norton.
Stories from Ricky Gervais, Sir David Jason, Dame Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley, Miranda Hart, Dermot O’Leary, Jamie Oliver and Ed Sheeran are also included.
A minimum of £3.09 from the sale of each book will be paid to NHS Charities Together and £0.16 will be paid to The Lullaby Trust.
Popular: Avid fans even starting a petition for a third series of Car Share after it ended, but have had no luck. Peter did release an audio special in April as well as the new sketch in the NHS tribute book (the comedian is pictured as character John alongside Kayleigh in the show)
Peter Kay’s Car Share series finished back in May 2018, but did return for a special one-off episode to cheer fans up amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The comedian revealed he had recorded an audio episode of the sitcom, which dropped on Friday, April 10.
Peter said: ‘It’s a horrific situation right now we’re all going through and like so many people I feel compelled to try to do something positive in an attempt to cheer people up in some way.
‘Sian Gibson, Paul Coleman and myself got together via t’internet and wrote a new short episode of Car Share. It all happened very quickly – in fact, it didn’t exist a week ago.
Tweet: Car Share last aired in May 2018 and told the story of supermarket assistant manager John Redmond and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson during their time in a company car sharing scheme
‘Obviously we weren’t able to film anything because of the lockdown but I hope people will use their imagination and enjoy listening.’
Car Share last aired in May 2018 and told the story of supermarket assistant manager John Redmond and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson during their time in a company car sharing scheme.
The final episode of the very popular series saw John and Kayleigh, played by Sian Gibson, finally getting together and holding hands on the bus.
The co-workers had to take the bus home after they had a row where the door of his red Fiat 500 car was knocked off.
Rare appearance: Peter has not been seen very often in the past two years and was recently forced to announce his Dance For Life tour had been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak (pictured in 2010)
The last scenes saw John and Kayleigh listening to music together on a bus after his car got towed. Kayleigh then rested her head on John’s shoulder, causing fans to believe that the pair were finally going to make a go of it romantically.
Avid followers of the show were gutted that the second series had come to an end, with some even starting a petition for a third series.
However, despite fans calling for more on Twitter, the comedian confirmed the Bank Holiday special was the ‘definite end’, as he feels the show went ‘out on a high’.
A huge 6.4million tuned in to watch the last episode – causing both fans and BBC bosses to beg the Manchester native for another series.
Yet, Peter reportedly confirmed at the time that he will not be taking the show further in the future, as he feels it was left in a good place.
What a show: The sitcom surrounded two work colleagues who share a ride to work with the final episode having a huge 6.4million tune in to watch
A source told The Sun: ‘He believes great sitcoms should go out on a high like Fawlty Towers. So sadly that’s definitely the end, however much fans might beg for more.’
Since the show ended Peter has rarely been seen in public and made his first TV appearance in two years during BBC One’s The Big Night In in April 2020, which fundraised during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fans were especially pleased as Peter had been forced to cancelled his Dance For Life tour due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The comedian broke the news in a statement, less than a month after confirming he would be returning to the stage with his epic dance-a-thon to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Peter’s Dance For Life Tour would have been his long-awaited return to the spotlight after cancelling all of his work commitments in 2017 due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances.’
He said: ‘Obviously this is disappointing news but well and truly justified given the circumstances. We’ll get through this, together and then we’ll all have a great big dance for life. Stay safe and look after yourselves and the people around you.’
A further statement from Peter said: ‘Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and following Government advice, it is with deep regret that the forthcoming Peter Kay’s Dance For Life shows are being postponed.
‘We are looking to schedule the shows so please hold onto your tickets as they will be valid for the new dates. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the safety of the public is paramount.’
Bad news: Peter announced his tour had been cancelled in a statement to fans just weeks after first revealing his comeback