It’s old friends re­united

Daily Express - - Television Express - Mike Ward pre­views tonight’s TV

ACOU­PLE of days ago I had a call from my dear friend Richard, who these days lives in Syd­ney. Richard and I prob­a­bly speak about twice a year now, if that. So was it a case of: “Hey, how lovely to hear from you! It’s been ages!” or some­thing equally ef­fu­sive? It was not. That’s never been the way we’ve spo­ken to one an­other so why start now? In­stead, if I re­mem­ber rightly, I greeted him with a re­mark about kip­pers. Don’t worry, it’s a very old in-joke of ours.

You see, Richard and I have one of those friend­ships where, no mat­ter how long it’s been, we speak as if we spoke only yes­ter­day.

That’s surely the finest friend­ship you could ask for, fish-re­lated quips not­with­stand­ing. It’s enor­mously com­fort­ing. Which brings me very neatly (yes it does, don’t ar­gue) to the new se­ries of COLD FEET (ITV, 9pm). Be­cause that’s ex­actly the way I feel about this show.

Mike Bullen’s com­edy-drama is so beau­ti­fully writ­ten and per­formed, with such en­gag­ingly flawed but es­sen­tially like­able char­ac­ters, that I need no more than a cou­ple of min­utes in their com­pany again to feel as though they’ve never been away. A cou­ple of weeks ago I ac­tu­ally spoke to ac­tor John Thom­son, who plays the sweet but hap­less Pete, and to my sur­prise he told me they were slightly dis­ap­pointed with the last se­ries. A “slow-burner” was how he de­scribed it. And I thought to my­self: “Re­ally? Is he be­ing se­ri­ous? I loved it.”

I didn’t tell him this, ob­vi­ously, be­cause it’s im­por­tant at all times to sound like a proper hard-nosed TV critic, just to keep these peo­ple on their toes. But be­tween you and me I think I’ve reached a level of fan­dom where I’ll hap­pily for­give even an en­tire lack­lus­tre se­ries

– one where Jen just sits around paint­ing her nails, per­haps, or Adam watches Homes Un­der The Ham­mer on loop.

Hav­ing said that, I’m de­lighted to find se­ries eight get­ting off to a gen­uinely event­ful start. James Nes­bitt’s Adam (right), for ex­am­ple, ap­pears to have caught the eye of Gemma, a young barista at his lo­cal cof­fee shop. And, good­ness me, it sounds as if the feel­ing is mu­tual.

When she spots him pe­rus­ing a Tin­der-like dat­ing site on his mo­bile, Gemma re­marks: “If I was in the mar­ket for a 42-year-old with come-to-bed eyes, I’d swipe right…” (Oh, yes, Adam’s been a lit­tle less than hon­est about his age).

Mean­while, Karen and David (Hermione Nor­ris and Robert Bathurst) have very dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions to the news that son Josh has quit uni. Else­where tonight, episode three of ICONS (BBC2, 9pm), finds Chris Pack­ham fo­cus­ing on four ex­tra­or­di­nary sci­en­tists: Alan Tur­ing, Marie Curie, Al­bert Ein­stein and Tu Youyou. Need­less to say, it’s in­spir­ing stuff. And what­ever you may think of its “who’s the great­est?” for­mat, at least this se­ries is help­ing re­in­force the true mean­ing of the word “iconic”. This in an age where I’ve heard it used to de­scribe ev­ery­thing from a range of moun­tains to a range of crisps.

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