It was the final episode that fans had been hoping for – Peter Kay’s Car Share drew to a close with the “will they, won’t they” relationship between John and Kayleigh finally resolved. Sort of.

The second series of the Bafta-winning BBC One show ended on an emotional cliffhanger last year when Kay’s character John failed to reciprocate the advances of his colleague.

Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) bravely declared her love for John (Kay), but when he refused to say how he felt, she walked out of his car – and, seemingly, his life.

Viewers were dismayed when Kay revealed there were no plans to pen a third series, but the Bolton comic later announced two new episodes – Monday’s special finale and an improvised standalone show, Car Share: Unscripted, which was shown earlier this month.

And it was Monday’s finale that gave the fans what they wanted, as John finally let his guard down to let friendship flourish into love.

Or at least to let Kayleigh hold his hand on the bus – well, it’s a start.

The show’s writer tweeted that he was glad to have given the public a happy ending.

More than 100,000 people had signed a petition demanding a proper pay-off for John and Kayleigh after the second series ended last year. (Gibson joked: “I signed it… twice.”)

BBC Controller of Commissioning Comedy, Shane Allen, told the Radio Times earlier this month: “It’s absolutely about giving the audience what they want.

Car Share won two Bafta TV Awards in 2016, for best scripted comedy and best male performance in a comedy programme.

A lucky 3,000 fans attended three special preview charity screenings of the finale in April but vowed to not reveal the ending.

Although Monday night’s episode was billed as the last ever, Gibson has hinted that it could return.

Asked in a BBC Q&A, the actress and writer replied: “Never say never.”

Kay has kept a low profile since announcing in December that he was cancelling his future work projects, including his stand-up tour, for family reasons.

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