Phoenix Nights, 2001
Peter Kay’s hugely popular and BAFTA-nominated British sitcom about The Phoenix Club, a working men’s club in the northern English town of Farnworth, Greater Manchester.
The show was a spin off from the spoof documentary series That Peter Kay Thing. Despite it’s huge popularity it only ran for twelve episodes over two series.
A third series has been written but no timescale has been offered as to when it might appear on our screens again. Peter Kay jokingly said in a BBC Radio 2 interview that it would come back when the work dried up.
November 2014, it was Phoenix 2 Nights live, when Peter Kay announced on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright In The Afternoon that in 2015 and in aid of Comic Relief, Phoenix Nights would go live on stage in Manchester for two nights only. Such was demand by 1st December 2014 the show had been extended to 14 nights.
There have been many rumours about a return the last in May 2017 when Peter Kay announced that a third series had been written. To date nothing has materialised.
Peter Kay stars as a multitude of crazy characters, particularly wheelchair bound club owner Brian Potter. Potter and his employees have been rebuilding Bolton’s Phoenix Club following a fairy-lights fire last Christmas. The series charts the comic attempts Potter makes at luring punters back from rival club The Banana Grove. He must combat racist folk groups, unseeing psychics and a drunken horse, cue ‘Talent Trek’ Night a sure-fire success!
The second series picks up exactly where the first left off, with Potter in a panic about his club/licence/melted ‘blind-boy’ charity collection figurine. Having lost his licence, Brian persuades the ever-stoical Jerry St Clair (Dave Spikey) to become ‘the name over the door’ and a grand reopening ensues.
Phoenix Nights is stil one of the most popular sitcoms of recent years.
Channel: Channel 4
Neil Fitzmaurice (12 episodes, 2001–02)
Peter Kay (12 episodes, 2001–02)
Dave Spikey (12 episodes, 2001–02)
Executive producer: Phil McIntyre
Original Transmission: 14th January 2001 – 12th September 2002