The cast of Cold Feet celebrated two decades since the show’s first ever airing yesterday.
“Twenty years ago, when Cold Feet began, I was just trying to write a show that would amuse and hopefully move my own generation. That remains the aim. It’s just that, with the passage of time, we’re a generation older. We don’t face the same issues, but there are still issues to be faced. I think that’s why the reboot worked.” – writer Mike Bullen
ITV viewers were first introduced to friends Adam and Rachel, Pete and Jenny, Karen and David on Sunday 30th March 1997, now twenty years later the characters have earned themselves a place in television history.
The relationship-based comedy-drama returned to the channel’s schedules in September last year after thirteen years ‘on ice’ – reuniting actors James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Fay Ripley as the pals experienced middle-age. The opening episode became ITV’s most successful drama launch of the year seen by 8.4 million 33%.
ITV originally aired five series between 1997-2003, with Rachel (Helen Baxendale) killed off in the last original run.
Filming is currently in progress on series seven in Manchester for transmission later this year on ITV. Nesbitt, Bathurst, Norris, Thomson and Ripley have once again reprised their roles.
The sixth series answered many questions for viewers such as How had Adam coped without his soulmate Rachel, and raising their son Matthew on his own? Did Pete and Jenny still spend their evenings on the sofa, in domestic bliss? And what of David and Karen who had split up. With three children between them, were the ties that bind them still strong?
“We weren’t a tribute act to ourselves; we’ve still got something to say. I’ve met quite a few viewers who knew of the show because their parents watched the original, and are now fans in their own right. I get a huge buzz out of that.” – writer Mike Bullen