Car Share writter treats Solihull School pupils to creative masterclass

Author of Car Share Tim Reid with Solihull School students.

Tim Reid with pupils from Solihull School


Pupils at Solihull School were treated to a creative masterclass by one of the writers behind the hit television show Car Share.
Tim Reid, who co-wrote the BBC One sitcom which stars Peter Kay and Sian Gibson with Paul Coleman, is a former pupil of the school.

His visit to the school saw him speak to fifth-form students about the business of comedy writing.

Car Share recently broke records to become the most streamed programme yet on the BBC iPlayer when it premiered on the catch-up service before being broadcast on BBC1.

Working with pupils studying drama and English, Mr Reid encouraged the students to think creatively and develop their skills through practical tasks.

He said: “It was wonderful to be back at Solihull School. The students were extremely engaged and had some great ideas. It was fantastic to see them embracing creative thinking.

Peter Kay and Sian Gibson as Kayleigh and John in Car Share

Peter Kay and Sian Gibson as Kayleigh and John in Car Share

“One way to encourage creative thinking was to present the pupils with a person or brand, and an object – then ask them to think of a concept for a television programme based on those items.”

Car Share is Tim’s first comedy creation and the project took off after he and co-writer Paul approached Peter Kay for feedback on their script about two supermarket co-workers who end up sharing a car to travel to and from work.

The comic was so impressed with it he asked to become involved and ended up directing the show and starring in it.

Stuart Hart, head of English at Solihull School, said: “Solihull School has a fantastic network of alumni who are able to pass on knowledge to our current students, and we’re very grateful to Tim for taking time out of his schedule to deliver this workshop.

“He really emphasised the value of thinking creatively in our everyday lives. It’s important to stimulate our imagination in order to unlock our full potential and his talk will have inspired the pupils on many levels in the lead up to their GCSEs.”