Hot gos­sip for re­turn of Cold Feet

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AS TV series Cold Feet re­turns to our screens, some of the the en­sem­ble cast talk about their much-lauded re­turn and hint at what’s in store.

James Nesbitt — Adam

After weeks of “will they, won’t they”, at the end of the last series, Adam and his land­lady Tina fi­nally agreed to give things a go but take it slow. When we check in with them, they’ve been loved up and liv­ing across the hall from each other and spend­ing hours ren­o­vat­ing Adam’s house.

“I think peo­ple will have been con­cerned about who re­placed (Adam’s late wife) Rachel or who was try­ing to cap­ture Adam’s heart and I think the build on that was very good,” com­ments Nesbitt, 52.

“I think that peo­ple re­ally did take to Tina and there was an op­ti­mism but just when things are pos­si­bly go­ing smoothly, the ob­sta­cles are those that Adam put there him­self.”

Adam “fi­nally gets a job”. “I’ve never been en­tirely sure what he does,” jokes Nesbitt and con­tin­ues to forge a re­la­tion­ship with son Matthew, “which I think means the world to both of them”.

Hermione Nor­ris — Karen

In the last series, Karen turned down two mar­riage pro­pos­als, from ex­hus­band David and bil­lion­aire Ed­die Zubayr, and en­joyed a pas­sion­ate fling with a younger col­league.

“She did have it go­ing on,” laughs Nor­ris, 50.

“This series she’s fo­cus­ing on her work and bal­anc­ing run­ning a pub­lish­ing com­pany and try­ing to man­age her teenage girls.”

And then there’s Ra­mona, her for­mer nanny-turned-PA who’s more a hin­drance than help.

Nor­ris be­lieves Cold Feet is about love, both ro­man­tic and pla­tonic.

“You get to 50 and you re­alise that more than any­thing that’s all there is at the end of the day,” she says be­fore adding she couldn’t be­lieve the re­cep­tion they en­joyed on their re­turn.

John Thom­son — Pete

Thom­son was at the cen­tre of one of the most hard-hit­ting sto­ry­lines when the jovial Pete was di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion.

“The re­sponse I’ve had for that, it’s been amaz­ing and also on a so­cial me­dia level peo­ple have been very frank and very can­did and said ‘Your por­trayal of de­pres­sion has hit a chord with me’,” says Thom­son, 48.

When we see Pete, he’s moved on from mini­cab driv­ing to chauf­feur­ing.

Robert Bathurst — David

There’s no doubt that the pompous David’s fall from grace hit him hard and he’s now ped­dling life in­sur­ance to un­sus­pect­ing pen­sion­ers.

“There’s a bit of a down­grad­ing,” laughs Bathurst, 60. “He’s taken a dive pro­fes­sion­ally and as­pi­ra­tionally be­cause of the prob­lems he had last year (when he was ar­rested for dodgy deal­ings) and his rep­u­ta­tion has sunk.”

On top of that his liv­ing ar­range­ments “are quite fluid” after be­ing knocked back by ex-wife Karen.

Fay Ri­p­ley — Jenny

There’s a pro­mo­tion pend­ing for Jenny when we catch up with her.

“I mean don’t ask for my ac­tual job ti­tle, but there’s been a pro­mo­tion (at the ho­tel) so she’s sort of hand­ing the do­mes­tic reins to Pete,” says Ri­p­ley, 51, but it re­mains to be seen what strain this might take on their mar­riage. Su­san Grif­fin

Cold Feet re­turns to ITV on Fri­day Septem­ber 8

Fay Ri­p­ley, John Thom­son, Hermione Nor­ris, Robert Bathurst and James Nesbitt.

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