Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights is a British sitcom about The Phoenix Club, a working men’s club in Greater Manchester, England. The show was written by Neil Fitzmaurice, Peter Kay and Dave Spikey, produced by Goodnight Vienna Productions and Ovation Entertainments, and was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. All the music was written by Toni Baker and Peter Kay. Additional material was provided by Paddy McGuinness. Two series and a total of 12 episodes have been produced, first transmitted in 2001 and 2002 respectively.
Phoenix Nights began as a spin-off from the spoof documentary series called That Peter Kay Thing which aired on Channel 4 in January 1999. Episode two of That Peter Kay Thing featured Brian Potter who owned the Neptune Club as well as Jerry St Clair and bouncers Max and Paddy, all of which would go on to be leading characters in Phoenix Nights two years later.
The show was set in Farnworth and also filmed in the area. The Phoenix Club is actually St Gregory’s Social Club on Church Street, Farnworth. The club has, on occasion, hosted ‘Phoenix Nights’ since the series ended. After the show ended, fans were clamouring for a third series and in 2006 Peter Kay announced in an interview that he had written a third series and also in 2007 repeated his pledge. We’re still waiting!
The Phoenix Nights follow-up Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, aired in November 2004 and ran for six episodes. The show followed bouncers Max and Paddy as they take to the open road in their prized motorhome after escaping the perils of Bolton’s clubland.
Max & Paddy embarking on their “Road to Nowhere”