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Peter Kay 'car shares' for festive chat and music with Radio 2's Johnnie Walker

Published 30/11/2016

Peter Kay joins Johnnie Walker for an interview over the festive period, playing music as they drive around Bolton and Manchester
Peter Kay joins Johnnie Walker for an interview over the festive period, playing music as they drive around Bolton and Manchester

Comedian Peter Kay will entertain BBC Radio 2 listeners as he joins host Johnnie Walker for a very special interview over the festive period.

The entertainers have conducted a two-way interview while playing music as they drive around together in a car for two hours in Kay's home towns of Bolton and Manchester.

This unique format for the programme, a special edition of the popular Johnnie Walker Meets... series, was inspired by the Bafta-winning comic's sitcom Peter Kay's Car Share.

Kay revealed the interview materialised after he approached the Sounds Of The 70s DJ himself.

He said: "I wrote to Johnnie because I've always listened to him - all my life. I love Sounds Of The 70s and I just feel that if you like somebody, you should let them know, so I wrote to him and then we had a phone chat.

"Johnnie said, 'why don't we do an interview?' and suggested we could maybe record it in an actual car on the move, in a similar style to Car Share.

"I thought that'd be a great idea, brilliant, just a nice drive, a nice chat. I agreed on the proviso that it wouldn't just be an interview about me, that Johnnie talked too. He's an interesting man with some fascinating stories."

Walker said: "Peter contacted me saying that he was a fan of the show, which was lovely to hear as I'm such a huge fan of his.

"You can tell he loves radio from the radio station Forever FM that he created for BBC One's Car Share. The station was a big part of the show.

"We got chatting about my Sounds Of The 70s show and music in general, and I came up with the idea of doing a special two-hour show driving around Bolton whilst having a chat and playing lots of our favourite records."

The veteran radio broadcaster added that he and Kay "had a lot of fun on the drive" and said that fans should expect plenty of laughter.

Music from the 1950s up to the current day will be featured in the special, with tracks from the Beatles, Marvin Gaye and Mike And The Mechanics among those included on the playlist.

From December 26, Radio 2 will be broadcasting a series of Johnnie Walker Meets... starring the likes of Carly Simon and Phil Collins.

Johnnie Walker Meets... Peter Kay will air on December 30 at 5pm.

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