Peter Kay to revive ‘Phoenix Nights’ for live shows in aid of Comic Relief

However, Kay says he currently has no plan to make another 'Phoenix Nights' TV series

Peter Kay is to revive his popular Channel 4 sitcom Phoenix Nights after more than a decade for a pair of live shows in aid of Comic Relief.

The live shows will take place at the Manchester Arena on January 31 and February 1 next year, with tickets for both dates going on sale at 11am this Sunday (November 30). Kay will be joined by all his original co-stars from the comedy series set in a northern working men’s club, including Paddy McGuinness as doorman Paddy and Dave Spikey as hapless compere Jerry.

Kay broke the news on Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 show earlier today (November 27), telling listeners: “I rang all the cast and they overwhelmed me with their generosity. Everybody’s doing it for free, everybody’s involved.”

Kay also explained that he has been working on the live shows since February, but maintained that he doesn’t seem them as a warm-up for a full Phoenix Nights live tour or TV series.

“It’s lovely to do it and I hope people support it, because I think it’ll be a belter. I don’t know if any more will come off the back of it – we’ll just have to see,” he said. “I don’t know about a series – I don’t think so, I’ve no plans to. There are lots of things written but I think it’s a case of doing one thing at a time, little steps.”

Phoenix Nights followed the goings on at The Phoenix Club, a fictional working men’s club in the northern town of Farnworth, Greater Manchester. It originally ran for two series of six episodes, which aired on Channel 4 in 2001 and 2002.