GET­TING BACK ON THEIR FEET

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By Andrew Fen­ton

“WE thought it was just a prac­ti­cal joke to be hon­est,” says Fay Ri­p­ley (Jenny, right) of the idea of re­viv­ing Cold Feet af­ter 13 years. “Even right up un­til the end I was talk­ing to my agent go­ing, ‘Yeah, sure, I’ll do it’, think­ing, ‘That ain’t gonna hap­pen’.”

For many view­ers who came of age in the late ’90s, Cold Feet’s mix­ture of drama, ro­mance and com­edy helped de­fine an era. It wasn’t an overnight suc­cess, how­ever – the pi­lot tanked in the rat­ings and it only pro­gressed to a series af­ter win­ning the Rose d’Or at the Mon­treux Fes­ti­val. It slowly de­vel­oped into a huge hit in the UK and Aus­tralia, and wound up in 2003.

Al­most ev­ery­one’s back, in­clud­ing Adam (James Nes­bitt), whose im­pend­ing mar­riage to a much younger woman kicks off the plot, his best friend Pete (John Thompson), who has de­pres­sion as well as money and re­la­tion­ship is­sues with Jenny (Ri­p­ley), not to men­tion the sep­a­rated Karen (Her­moine Nor­ris) and David (Robert Bathurst). Ri­p­ley says the first read-through was weird – “like a school or uni­ver­sity re­union” but af­ter half an hour “it was like we’d just had cof­fee the day be­fore. It feels like fam­ily”.

COLD FEET TUES­DAY, 9PM, SCT

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