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Cold Feet’s James nes­bitt and

Cel Spell­man tell TV Times about their spe­cial bond on and off-screen

Un­like Adam and Matthew, James and Cel are best mates


One of the high­lights of Cold Feet’s re­cent, ju­biliant re­turn has been wit­ness­ing the com­plex re­la­tion­ship be­tween Adam (James Nes­bitt) and his trou­bled teenage son Matthew (Cel Spell­man).

We’ve watched with sym­pa­thy as sin­gle dad Adam has strug­gled to forge a new bond with his boy af­ter years liv­ing apart.

‘The close­ness was never go­ing to come back straight away, but it’s bet­ter than when you first saw them,’ Cel, 21, tells TV Times.

‘They’re in a bet­ter place to make the re­la­tion­ship work and learn about each other, but Matthew has a lot of his dad in him – he’s good with the ladies, and he’s go­ing to get into predica­ments on that front...’

‘Adam has mis­judged his role as a fa­ther,’ reck­ons James, 51, ‘but he re­alises some­thing needs to change be­fore it’s too late. The re­la­tion­ship with your child is a big thing. That was what ex­cited me about this be­cause my own daugh­ters [Peggy, 19, and Mary, 14, with his ex-wife So­nia Forbes-adam] weren’t born when we filmed the pi­lot, but that re­la­tion­ship has been the back­drop to my life in the in­ter­ven­ing years.’

This week, Adam takes Matthew on a trip to the fa­mous Pic­cadilly Records shop in Manch­ester to bond over mu­sic. Both ac­tors were thrilled to shoot the scenes in the real store.

‘It’s the Holy Grail of mu­sic,’ says Man­cu­nian Cel, who hosts a Sun­day af­ter­noon show on Ra­dio 1. ‘Jimmy’s got good taste, al­though he had no idea about some rap or hip-hop artists I men­tioned and a few of the names he told me about went straight over my head!’

For James, work­ing back in Manch­ester, which has al­ways been like an­other char­ac­ter in Cold Feet, has felt like a home­com­ing.

‘I loved com­ing back up there. I think Man­cu­ni­ans feel pro­tec­tive of Cold Feet – it’s their show as much

Keep­ing a United front is tough for City fan Cel

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