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
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