GETTING BACK ON THEIR FEET
“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