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Robert Bathurst and Fay Ripley tell TV Times about the Cold Feet finale, the unbelievable reaction to its comeback and their hopes for another series
t’s a big ask for a once well-loved show to recapture even a glimmer of its former success, but over the past eight weeks, Cold Feet’s blend of pathos and belly laughs has made it a dazzling hit all over again, 13 years after it was last on air.
As the series draws to a close this week, the one thing that
TV Times – and every other Cold Feet fan – can take comfort in is that it won’t be another decade before we catch up with the gang again. Just before we went to press, ITV told us they have given the
green light to another series.
Here, Robert Bathurst, 59, who plays gaffe-prone David, and Fay Ripley, 50, who plays forthright Jenny, tell us about their hopes and fears for the famous five’s future.
We’re so pleased to hear you’re coming back for another series! Robert: It’s great. We’ve never finished a series of Cold Feet and said, ‘See you next year’, it’s always been a case of, ‘We’ll see what the audience think.’
Fay: I am very happy to return to Jenny because she feels like a pal. At the end of this series we were all saying, ‘I really hope we don’t have to wait another 13 years to do this again, fingers crossed we’ll be able to carry on where we left off.’
So, what can you tell us about the series finale?
Fay: As is often the case with Cold Feet, things aren’t straightforward. For Pete [John Thomson] and Jenny, after a long time struggling, things are looking up, but they have another issue to deal with… Robert: We find out whether David’s legal problems will go away, but most of it’s set at a party and all sorts of things go on! Did you find the party scenes fun to film?
Fay: No, they were absolutely awful. On the first day it’s brilliant and you’re all together having a laugh and you actually feel as though you’re at a party. But those scenes take 10 days to film with pretend drinking and dancing to music that isn’t playing. That’s not fun; you look like a right Charlie. Does this last episode leave things on a cliffhanger?
Robert: We do see some resolution, but it also leaves things open for any future series so when Cold
Feet does come back, then there’s room for it to develop further.
Fay: Yes, there’s an element of leaving everybody wanting to know what’s going to happen to these characters beyond this. When the series returns, where do you see the characters going? Robert: There have been hints and it sounds really interesting, but