ITV Cold Feet - original series

Actress Fay Ripley has spoken about the much anticipated return of ITV’s Cold Feet.

Talking on daytime chat show Loose Women she spoke to Andrea McLean, Nadia Sawalha, Gloria Hunniford and Jane Moore about the return of the drama after a gap of thirteen years.

The actress admitted how she had originally asked to be written out of the show which began in 1997 when the television audience was first introduced to friends Adam and Rachel, Pete and Jenny, Karen and David played by James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Fay Ripley.

“I did! What a fool. But [back then] I went off and made some other TV shows, I had fallen in love and I wanted to get married and have children, and I did that… and came back eight and a half months pregnant in the last episode of Cold Feet – and that’s another episode of Cold Feet I don’t want to watch! And I had set up my life really…”

When asked if it took a lot of persuading to do another series, Fay said

“The idea had been around for a long time and speculated about it for a long time and we’ve all sort of talked about it between ourselves and the actors a while ago said ‘well if they want to write it, then we’ll do it’… but when it came to the crush, yes, there was a big swallow and thought ‘ok, so are they going to put a picture of me then and now, how’s it going to work?’…But it’s the same writer.

“The only thing I do know is that Helen [Baxendale] isn’t going to be doing it, and that’s actually going to be the hardest thing because we are all probably going to slot back into the on set roles that we had, but Helen won’t be there… so it’ll be slightly odd, and she is such a lovely girl and friend of mine.”

On working away from her family, Fay said, “I live in London and it’s filmed in Manchester, so at the moment because I haven’t seen any scripts and I don’t know what’s going to happen, I’m very focused on my train journeys and where I’m going to eat!” Also being a cook herself, Fay laughed, “I might offer to do the catering on the side!”

The new eight-part series will go into production in January 2016, when ITV rejoin the characters with stories written and conceived once again by Mike Bullen.

The full interview can be seen on ITV.com

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