The second series of Peter Kay’s Car Share will follow the first in premiering on the iPlayer, the BBC has confirmed.

Filming for a new series of the BAFTA-winning comedy has recently begun in Greater Manchester, with Bolton-born Kay returning as assistant manager John Redmond alongside car-sharing colleague Kayleigh Kitson, played by Sian Gibson.

Set to air in 2017, the series will be shorter than the first – four episodes instead of six – and will premiere on the BBC’s catch-up service in its entirety ahead of broadcast.

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Second series of Peter Kay’s Car Share begins filming around Manchester

According to consolidated ratings figures, the first series received three million iPlayer requests in its first four days and was watched by more than six million people on BBC One.

Kay said: “What a joy to be working on the second series of Car Share with the wonderful Sian Gibson. The success of the first series has been completely overwhelming.”

Gibson added: “I’m really excited that Car Share is coming back. We had so much fun making the first series and I can’t wait to be Kayleigh Kitson again.”

Charlotte Moore, BBC controller, TV Channels and iPlayer, said: “Car Share broke the mould, innovated and took risks in comedy on primetime BBC1 – a show that epitomises what the channel is all about. I can’t wait for the Bafta award-winning series to return and discover where Peter Kay and Sian Gibson take those gorgeous characters that the nation fell in love with.”

Shane Allen, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning, added: “There is so much more to explore between John and Kayleigh in their journey together each day and in life. The writing on the new series is sublime – intimate, poignant and hilarious. With Peter Kay and Sian Gibson at the wheel, audiences are in for another fantastic treat.”