Cold Feet Re­turns

The ac­tors give the low­down on their char­ac­ters, as the new series gets un­der way

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PETE GIF­FORD – John Thom­son

“Pete is on the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal route to help with his de­pres­sion and it’s work­ing for him. He’s moved from be­ing a mini cab driver to chauf­feur, but he knows that what gives him the great­est joy is look­ing af­ter older peo­ple in the care home. Even though it is poorly paid and the hours are long, that’s what his real vo­ca­tion is and it is best for his men­tal state be­cause he’s loved by the res­i­dents. “He is a lit­tle bit at a cross­roads, ask­ing him­self ‘Do I do this for the money or that for my soul?’ And I think that he tends to err on the soul side, just for his men­tal state be­cause he knows he is still vul­ner­a­ble.”

KAREN MARS­DEN – Hermione Nor­ris

“Karen had the big love in­ter­est with wealthy fi­nancier Ed­die (Art Ma­lik) last series but this series fo­cuses on her work and bal­anc­ing look­ing af­ter teenage chil­dren.

“It’s been lovely re­turn­ing to ColdFeet again and I do think there is some­thing quite in­ter­est­ing about re-vis­it­ing char­ac­ters at var­i­ous junc­tures in their lives. And it’s lovely to be able to play an or­di­nary, mid­dle-aged woman in a prime-time drama. I think peo­ple love the show, be­cause at the heart of it is a love be­tween a group of peo­ple. When you get to the age of 50 you re­alise that love for each other is all there is at the end of the day.”

DAVID MARS­DEN – Robert Bathurst

“David had a bit of down­grad­ing in his job last time but he, like the oth­ers, is not de­fined by what he does for a liv­ing. I re­mem­ber in the first series, many years ago, he was a man­age­ment con­sul­tant and he came home and said, ‘Sorry I’m late, Karen. The FTSE went down a hun­dred.’ I mean, what’s that got to do with any­thing?!

“There is an­other woman in his life but his re­la­tion­ship with Karen un­der­scores ev­ery­thing. They may be di­vorced but they have chil­dren to­gether so that will al­ways tie them and there is a sense of yearn­ing be­tween David and Karen.”

JENNY GIF­FORD – Fay Ripley

“Jen has been pro­moted at the ho­tel where she works and is forg­ing ahead as her hus­band Pete is tak­ing a bit of a back seat with his work, fol­low­ing his de­pres­sion last series. “When we are film­ing in Manch­ester I am the one who or­gan­ises when­ever we go out for din­ner to­gether in the evening, not only so that I can spend time with my lovely friends and col­leagues, but that I get to pick the restau­rant!

“It’s hard be­ing away from my kids but they joined me for a while this series be­cause they asked if they could act as ex­tras in a scene, so I got them in the back of one shot dur­ing their half term!”

ADAM WILLIAMS – James Nes­bitt

“We were ap­pre­hen­sive about re­turn­ing last series, won­der­ing whether it was right to bring the show back, but there was an im­me­di­ate rap­port.

“I think fans of the show are con­cerned about who will re­place Rachel in Adam’s af­fec­tions. She was the love of his life and he will never get over her death but I think if he is go­ing to find love with any­one again, it will be with Tina. There was a nice, slow-build with her last series and at the start of this one he is in a good place with her but Adam finds it dif­fi­cult to be con­tent. Just when things seem to be go­ing smoothly for him, ob­sta­cles ar­rive in his way. But any ob­sta­cles are those that Adam puts there him­self.”

TINA REYNOLDS – Leanne Best

“I think Tina’s in­tro­duc­tion was clev­erly writ­ten. She was sort of in the pe­riph­ery to be­gin with – the slightly bonkers land­lady who lives across the street who was an ear for Adam when ev­ery­thing was go­ing a bit pear shaped. “This new series is set a year later and Tina and Adam are still very much a part of each other’s lives but the path of love doesn’t al­ways run smoothly! She thinks she might be in love with him but she is also a mas­sive com­mit­ment phobe be­cause she has been hurt be­fore.”

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