Peter Kay wrote an emotional new Car Share sketch for a tribute book on the National Health Service.
The comedian, 47, wrote about his character John’s cancer scare, the deputy supermarket manager telling cashier Kayleigh to have a brain scan.
The moving story is published in the book Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, which features 100 celebrity tales in tribute to the NHS.
Touching: Peter Kay has written a new Car Share sketch that sees his character John telling Kayleigh about a brain cancer scare for an NHS tribute book (pictured by comedian and Sian Gibson on the popular BBC show)
The sketch begins with Peter’s character, John, explaining how he organizes his father’s end-of-life care in Kayleigh.
He told her, “I had a brain scan once… that was years ago, I kept having these really bad headaches.
“My doctor told me it was sinuses, but being a true hypochondriac I thought, ‘b ***** ks, what does he know? So I booked 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 that came out was The Sound Of Silence.
Blockbuster show: Car Share ended in 2018 but returned for a one-time audio special in April amid the coronavirus pandemic (Peter is pictured in 2017)
“It got worse – in the third verse the lyrics are ‘silence as cancer grows’. I was in tears. I was ashen when I got out, ”John says.
Fortunately, the sketch ends on a positive note, with John explaining that nothing was found by the doctors and that his GP was right: his sinuses were the problem.
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.
In addition to the comedian, 100 other inspiring people came together to share their personal stories of how the NHS has supported them and changed their lives.
End of an Era: The latest episode saw John and Kayleigh holding hands as they sat on a bus and laughed after one of their queues ended in his car being towed, hinting that they would finally end up as a couple.
As a collection the deeply moving, hilarious and hopeful becomes a love letter to the NHS and the 1.4 million people who go above and beyond every 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 donated to NHS Charities Together and £ 0.16 will be donated to The Lullaby Trust.
Popular: Avid fans even petitioned for a third Car Share round after the end, but were unlucky. Peter released an audio special in April as well as the new sketch in the NHS tribute book (the comedian is portrayed as the character John alongside Kayleigh in the series)
Peter Kay’s Car Share series ended in May 2018, but returned for a one-time special episode to boost fan morale amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The comedian revealed that he recorded an audio episode of the sitcom, which dropped on Friday, April 10.
Peter said: “It’s a horrible situation right now that we are all going through and like so many people I feel compelled to try and do something positive to try to cheer people up in a way. or another.
“Sian Gibson, Paul Coleman and I got together via the internet and wrote a new short episode of Car Share. It all happened very quickly – in fact, that didn’t exist a week ago.
Tweet: Car Share last aired in May 2018 and told the story of Assistant Supermarket Manager John Redmond and Promotions Rep Kayleigh Kitson during their time in a company car sharing program
“Obviously we weren’t able to film anything due to the lockdown, but I hope people use their imaginations and enjoy listening.
Car Share last aired in May 2018 and told the story of Deputy Supermarket Manager John Redmond and Promotions Rep Kayleigh Kitson during their time on a company car sharing program.
The last episode of the very popular series saw John and Kayleigh, played by Sian Gibson, finally meeting and holding hands on the bus.
Colleagues had to take the bus home after an argument where the door of his red Fiat 500 car was knocked down.
Appearance rare: Peter has not been seen very often over the past two years and was recently forced to announce that his Dance For Life tour had been canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak (pictured in 2010)
The final scenes saw John and Kayleigh listening to music together on a bus after his car was towed away. Kayleigh then rested her head on John’s shoulder, leading fans to believe the couple were finally going to get away with it romantically.
The series’ avid followers were ousted from the end of the second series, with some even petitioning for a third series.
However, although fans are asking for more on Twitter, the comedian has confirmed that the Bank Holiday special is the “definitive end” as he feels the series is “on the rise.”
A whopping 6.4million plays to watch the latest episode – forcing fans and BBC bosses to beg the Manchester native for another series.
Still, Peter reportedly confirmed at the time that he wouldn’t go any further on the show in the future, as he feels she was left in the right place.
What a show: The sitcom surrounded two co-workers who share a commute to work with the latest episode with a whopping 6.4 million tunes to watch
A source told The Sun: “He thinks big sitcoms should come out high like Fawlty Towers. Sadly, this is definitely the end of it, although a lot of fans might ask for more.
Since the show ended, Peter has rarely been seen in public and made his first TV appearance in two years on BBC One’s The Big Night In in April 2020, which raised money during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fans were especially happy as Peter had been forced to cancel 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 return to the stage with his epic dance-a-thon to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Peter’s Dance For Life Tour is said to have been his long-awaited return to the limelight after canceling all professional engagements in 2017 due to “unforeseen family circumstances”.
He said: “Obviously this is disappointing news but well and truly justified given the circumstances. We’re going to go through this, together and then we’ll all have a great dance for life. Stay safe and take care of yourself and those around you.
Another statement from Peter said: “Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and following advice from the government, it is with deep regret that the next shows of Peter Kay’s Dance For Life are postponed.
“We are looking to schedule the shows, so please keep your tickets as they will be valid for the new dates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but public safety is paramount.
Bad news: Peter announced his tour was canceled in a statement to fans just weeks after he first revealed his return