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TV Times - - Interview - Caren Clark

Mike Bullen [Cold Feet’s writer] hasn’t writ­ten it yet so it’s all very loose as to what might hap­pen. David still wants to get back with his ex Karen [Hermione Nor­ris], but can you re­visit old times or should you move on?

Fay: I’ve sug­gested that Jenny get a lot of plas­tic surgery and goes to spas, but no­body seems to be lis­ten­ing. Se­ri­ously though, it would be re­ally sad if Pete and Jenny split. Their re­la­tion­ship is full of love, but it’s also warts-an­dall, which peo­ple re­late to.

Have you been sur­prised by the amaz­ing re­ac­tion to the show? Fay: We just didn’t want to dis­ap­point the peo­ple who liked it the first time round. The re­ac­tion has been un­be­liev­able be­cause I’ve had tweets say­ing, ‘I feel young again.’ It’s put a spring in peo­ple’s step and caught the imag­i­na­tion again be­cause we all need an es­cape from the bad news that’s go­ing on. Like The Great Bri­tish Bake Off, it’s a tea break from re­al­ity. Robert: It’s mar­vel­lous and one of the great­est plea­sures for me has been that peo­ple in their 20s are watch­ing it for the first time. I’ve had peo­ple from 18 to 80 tell me how much they’ve loved it, so it isn’t just a niche thing for mid­dle-aged peo­ple such as my­self. Do your friend­ships as a cast feel even stronger this time around? Robert: Yes, since we fin­ished film­ing this se­ries, we’ve had din­ner a cou­ple of times and it’s been re­ally en­joy­able. We’ve known each other since 1996 and that’s a fair old wodge of our lives so we are al­ways in­ter­ested in what we’ve all been up to.

Fay: It’s dif­fer­ent from the first time around, be­cause we’ve grown up and it’s eas­ier now and more re­laxed. There’s not any agenda, we’re all just in­cred­i­bly fond of each other. It’s like fam­ily.

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Karen says good­bye to Ed­die and plans a new di­rec­tion

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