Paddy McGuinness Says There’s ‘No Doubt’ Max and Paddy Will Return

We revealed the other day by Peter Kay that a third series of Phoenix Nights has been written. He said to the BBC: “I love Phoenix Nights and I would love to go back. I’ve got a lot of ideas about Phoenix Nights.

“In fact, there’s a whole series three been written for about the 15 years.”

The show ended in 2002, but was followed up in 2004 with a spin-off in the form of Max And Paddy’s Road To Nowhere which followed bouncers Max & Paddy in their motorhome.

Paddy McGuiness, who played Paddy, spoke to LADbible, saying the radio phone-in was a classic Kay stunt. McGuiness said: “Let me tell you this, and this is coming straight from the horse’s mouth, he does that. He goes on things, says we’re doing it, and we never do.”

“He’ll [Kay] go on something and say ‘we’re doing this’ and then he steps back out the limelight, and then, I get asked ‘when’s Phoenix Nights coming back, it’s written, isn’t it?’ and I’m like ‘is it?’.”

Now Paddy McGuiness has had his say, saying that he has ‘no doubt’ both shows could return to our screen.

“We’ve always said we’d like to do it again,” said McGuiness. “And I know we’ve got stuff written with Max and Paddy as well, we have two one-hour specials in the bag – so that’s done.

Paddy, said that he learned during the live shows two years ago that the public’s hunger for Phoenix Nights is still huge. “Phoenix Nights Live was fantastic, and what was really fantastic about that was the £5 million we raised,” McGuiness said.

“We had a lot of fun, and everyone was happy. Even though it’s so long since Phoenix Nights, we did a string of nights and played in front of 15,000 at the arena, so the appetite is still there.

“It was lovely to be involved with and see all the cast again – it was like we’d never been apart really.”

It’s all very positive from Paddy but he agrees with Peter Kay, that at the moment the pair are just too busy doing other things with Paddy about to star in the Keith and Paddy Picture Show on ITV.

Let’s hope we get more of both Phoenix Nights and Max & Paddy soon.

You can read the news of Peter Kay confirming more Phoenix Nights has been written here.

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Peter Kay Reveals A Third Series Of ‘Phoenix Nights’ Has Been Written

Peter Kay has today revealed in an interview that a third series of Phoenix Nights has been written. The last episode of Phoenix Nights was of course now 15 years ago with Max and Paddy driving off in their new motor home leading the way to the spin off Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere.

Speaking to the BBC, Kay said: “I love Phoenix Nights and I would love to go back. I’ve got a lot of ideas about Phoenix Nights.

“In fact,” he continued. “There’s a whole series three been written for about 15 years, but so many things get in the way in life, like touring, and being a father.”

The nation’s favourite comic, who won a string of awards for his stand-up and his television work, has always maintained a ‘quit while you’re ahead’ stance.

Speaking following an announcement that there will be no more episodes of the currently airing “Car Share”, Peter added “You need good ideas – that’s the problem. You need good strong stories. A lot of series tend to go on for one series too many, especially with comedies, and I think people say ‘ooh, it’s gone off that’.

“If you’re struggling and you just get a sense when you’re writing that you might be running out of ideas, that’s when I think you should walk away.”

Of course, we were treated to a little teaser a few years back when Peter and his fellow cast members did Phoenix Night’s Live for charity.

On behalf of all Phoenix Nights Fans, we urge you to get this series filmed Peter!

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Phoenix Nights: Where Are They Now?

Phoenix Nights is a much loved sitcom developed by Peter Kay, Dave Spikey and Neil Fitzmaurice, following the fortunes of club owner Brian Potter and his bunch of misfits that helped to run the Phoenix Club. Here, we chart how some of the careers of the cast have developed since the show ended.

Peter Kay – Brian Potter, Max Bygraves & Keith Winston Lard

Obviously, the most famous member of Phoenix Nights and the star of the show is Peter Kay. Since the show ended Peter has gone from strength to strength writing and starring in Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere with Paddy McGuinness before returning to stand up with his best selling tour and then a return to TV with the critically acclaimed Car Share. The second series of which is currently airing on BBC One. There have been recent rumours regarding a new series of Max and Paddy but nothing concrete as yet.

Dave Spikey – Jerry ‘St. Clair’ Dignan

Phoenix Nights co-creator Dave Spikey apparently had a bit of a falling out with Peter Kay and the pair reportedly didn’t speak for some time, however they’ve rekindled the friendship in recent years. He’s been continuing to enjoy success on the comedy circuit, popping up in all manner of TV shows perhaps most famously as the team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats. He’s also appeared on the likes of Countdown and hosted a reworked version of the classic darts show Bullseye.

Neil Fitzmaurice – Ray Von

Neil Fitzmaurice co-wrote Phoenix Nights with Spikey and Kay and since the show his most notable role has been starring as Jeff in Peep Show alongside comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb. He also has done some more serious acting and even delved into the world of stage shows.  Most recently he can be seen as Fergus in Sky’s Mount Pleasant where his co-star is none other than Sally Lindsay who briefly appeared as Tracy Burns in Phoenix Nights.

Patrick McGuinness – Paddy O’Shea

After co-writing and starring in spin-off Max and Paddy with Peter Kay, Paddy travelled around the UK with fellow comedian Rory McGrath to film Channel 5 series Rory and Paddy’s Great British Adventure. The series followed the comedians as they took part in quirky British customs such as cheese rolling, pie eating, bog snorkelling and egg throwing. Since then, he has landed several presenting roles since and is best known for ITV dating show Take Me Out, which he has hosted since 2010. Paddy married model Christine Martin in 2011 and the couple welcomed twins Leo and Penelope two years later. He performed a stand up tour titled Daddy McGuinness, which drew on his experience of first-time fatherhood.

Archie Kelly – Kenny ‘Dalglish’ Senior

Comedian Archie Kelly was one of the familiar faces who popped up in Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, but did you know he was also in the first series of Peter Kay’s Car Share starring as the man with a dog in episode “Man With Dog”. And he also popped up alongside Kay in Cradle to Grave playing Uncle Frank. Elsewhere, he’s been busy doing stand up and playing various taxi drivers on Emmerdale.

Ted Robbins – Den Perry

Phoenix Nights’ resident villain is now best known for his work on children’s TV where he played The Governor in CBBC series The Slammer. As well as former cast members of Phoenix Nights, Neil Fitzmaurice and Sally Lindsay, Ted Robbins can also be found in Sky’s Mount Pleasant. The comedian suffered a tragic collapse whilst on stage during Phoenix Nights live and had to be rushed to hospital however since then he has lost weight and dramatically improved his lifestyle.

Justin Moorhouse – Young Kenny

When he’s not working on his podcast ‘About 30 minutes, No more than 45′, Justin Moorhouse is keeping busy as both a comedian and radio DJ. You also might have spotted him on Coronation Street as Duggie or in prison drama Buried back in the early 2000s.

Sian Gibson – Young Mary

Sian Gibson has recently found fame starring alongside Peter Kay in his current sitcom Car Share where she plays the lead female role of Kayleigh and you not have realised she briefly appears in Phoenix Nights as Holy Mary’s daughter who has a brief fling with Paddy. She also appeared with Peter Kay in his show Britain’s Got the Pop Factor as a band member of Two Up Two Down.

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