Usually if a TV show is bad, I just turn it off and watch something else, but for Peter Kay’s latest sitcom; Car Share, I had to make an exception. I could hardly write a long and ranty blog post about it without watching it, could I?
The program focusses on John (Kay) who, due to a work car share scheme, finds himself driving colleague Kayleigh to work every day. And we viewers are treated to the supreme pleasure of watching these two polar opposites pass witty remarks at each other, and get into ‘hilarious’ situations. Also, the whole thing takes place inside a car. A car.
So what were these ‘hilarious’ situations in episode 1? Well, aside from an incident involving a bottle of urine and a lengthy conversation about how Kayleigh assumed John to be gay, there wasn’t anything really. The blatant use of green screen was funny, I’ll give them that.
And what makes the whole situation worse is Kay’s complete lack of ability in the field of acting. I won’t claim to be an expert of course, but driving round shouting lines in a monotone Lancashire accent does not count as acting. I would never claim him to be the worst actor ever, for that title surely must belong to his co-star Sian Gibson, who’s thoroughly one-dimensional character Kayleigh nearly drove me mad with a mix of exasperation and boredom.
I certainly will not be watching the rest of the series, due to my arrangements to scour my soul to remove any memory of the first, abysmal episode. Whilst it’s a shame to see such a great comedian lowered to such a terribly un-funny program, it was certainly to be expected when the beeb announced they were chucking all the episodes on iPlayer at once.