Phoenix Nights star slams Peter Kay, Paddy McGuinness and BBC over failed career

Phoenix Nights star Dave Spikey has slammed former co-stars Paddy McGuinness and Peter Kay for abandoning him and his career.

The 67-year-old comedian even took a swipe at the BBC to accuse them of ageism as he lashed out on social media as he lamented his career stalling.

Dave co-created Phoenix Nights alongside 45-year-old Peter – which also featured 45-year-old Take Me Out star Paddy.

The series – which was a sitcom about a working men’s club in Bolton – was set up to reach a third series, but Dave alleges Peter and Paddy walked from the project.

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Responding to fans on Twitter over the festive season, Dave hinted he was not too pleased to have seen his career dry up since Phoenix Nights ended back in 2002.

A fan asked if they could expect to see Dave back on screens soon, to which he replied: “No mate.”

He continued: “Not for want of trying! Keep writing – keep getting rejections. Don’t know what they’re looking for.”

He added: “It can be frustrating and demoralising at times but hey, get your head down and crack on."

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He then took a pop at the BBC and accused them of holding his age against him as he revealed he was rejected as a potential star for their stand up show, Live At The Apollo.

“Love to do Live at the Apollo but they don’t seem interested. Possibly an age thing?” he wrote.

Dave previously hit out at Paddy and Peter for leaving Phoenix Nights to focus on their own spin-off, Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere – which he claims the pair chose to work on over more Phoenix Nights.

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"Should have done a third series and a Christmas special. The ideas and storylines were there,” he told a fan on Twitter back in October.

"Series 3 was never written although the ideas were there. Max and Paddy rode away into the sunset and sadly that was the end of that,” he somewhat bitterly added.

A fan asked: "Was that just thrown upon you that they wanted to go their separate way with it?" and the comedian bluntly replied: "Yep."