Peter Kay reveals hopes for Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy returns with Paddy McGuinness in new book

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The comedian, 50, has been working on plotlines, more than 20 years after it was first shown on TV.

Peter Kay wants to revive classic comedy Phoenix Nights — as a film.

The comedian, 50, has been working on plotlines, more than 20 years after it was first shown on TV. And he admits he is becoming increasingly like Brian Potter - his miserable nightclub owner character.

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A snippet of his new book TV: Big Adventures On The Small Screen, by Peter Kay, which will be published on Thursday, has been seen by The Sun.

Kay wrote in his new book: “I still write down ideas.

“I had an idea only today of Brian getting Young Kenny to paint an enormous letter ‘H’ on the roof of the club so he can advertise they’ve got a helicopter pad. The chance of a helicopter ever landing is, of course, zero.

“As the years pass, I’m becoming more like Brian, but if Phoenix Nights rose again it’d have to be for something very special, maybe a film? Perhaps Brian could get visited by three ghosts. Now, wouldn’t that be an idea?”

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Phoenix Nights, based on a working men’s club in Bolton, ran from 2001 to 2002, launching the career of Paddy McGuinness. Kay said he wants to film a Christmas special of spin-off Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere with his former co-star.

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They have written an episode which sees the two bouncers work in a grotto, dressed as elves, where they are “overly aggressive” with the kids.

Kay added: “Just reminiscing about it again makes me realise how much of a joy it might be to film it one day and work with Paddy again.”

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