Peter Kay returned to our screens for Big Night In with a lockdown edition of Amarillo

The Car Share comedian made his first public appearance in two years on the Children in Need and Comic Relief charity night

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Peter Kay brought back his Amarillo sketch for BBC One’s Big Night In yesterday – his first public appearance since 2018.


The comedian filmed a cameo for the Comic Relief and Children in Need charity event, showing him sat in his sunny Bolton garden whilst eating an ice lolly.

Speaking of the warm reception received by his 2005 Amarillo sketch, which saw him and a host of celebrity guests mime the Tony Christie song, Kay spoke of why he decided to bring the musical number back.

“I thought what a perfect time to recreate it again, so we’ve asked a lot of you to film yourselves and send it in,” he said. “Take care and enjoy yourselves.”

The video featured footage from Kay’s original video as well as clips of NHS workers, care home residents, public transport operators and members of the public who are staying indoors, miming along to the song.

Peter Kay last television appearance was in two special episodes of his BBC One sitcom Car Share, which returned for a one-off audio episode on Friday 10th April.

The comedian was due to tour the UK in 2017, but cancelled his stand-up shows due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.


The Big Night In and Peter Kay’s Car Share audio special are both available on BBC iPlayer. If you’re looking for more to watch check out our TV Guide.