Peter Kay may have been keeping out of the spotlight in recent months, but Phoenix Nights fans could have cause for celebration as the comedian has said there could be a film version in the works.
The sitcom about a Bolton working men’s club was a huge hit during its two series which aired in 2001 and 2002, with many viewers desperate to see it make a return.
Kay wrote the show and starred in it as club boss Brian Potter, and had some exciting news for fans at a charity screening to mark the 19th anniversary since its launch.
In a pre-recorded speech, Kay said: “People always ask, ‘Will there be more Phoenix Nights?’ and I can now confirm there won’t — but I am thinking of a film.”
Although many will have been sad to hear there will be no more regular visits to The Phoenix Club, the prospect of a film is definitely something to look forward to.
Back in 2015 comedian Paddy McGuinness, who starred as the club’s bouncer, said of a film: “That’s not happening, let me tell you. Not that I know of . . . I’m probably not in it.”
Kay also explained in the footage that he had researched his hit sitcom by spending lots of time in the clubs of Bolton with a tape recorder in his pocket disguised as a pen.
He said: “Every 45 minutes I’d say, ‘I’m going for a slash’, turn the tape over and come back. In one place, someone asked for a pen and I was terrified they’d drag me over a desk with this cable.”
Back in December 2017, Kay cancelled a stand-up tour owing to “unforeseen family circumstances” and has been out of the public eye since April 2019, although he was pictured with Cannon and Ball backstage at a panto in Crewe at the end of December.