Cold feet? John had cold ev­ery­thing!

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THE hit com­edy drama Cold Feet first aired in 1997, ran un­til 2003, and then re­turned in 2016, so you could be for­given for think­ing that the cast now know ex­actly what’s ex­pected of them. But it seems they’re still be­ing faced with new chal­lenges – for ex­am­ple, this open­ing episode finds John Thom­son in a canal after his char­ac­ter Pete saves a stu­dent from drown­ing.

The ac­tor ex­plains: “It was re­ally me in the canal. It’s not a dou­ble. There’s a lot of rub­bish in those canals. I said, ‘I could feel Vic­to­rian skulls crack­ing un­der­neath my feet.’ The bot­tom drops away like quick­sand in parts. And there’s other bits where you can stand on a plateau.”

That wasn’t the only dan­ger. He says: “I wore a wet suit un­der­neath the cos­tume but it was still so cold. We also had to be cov­ered be­cause of health and safety. You can get Lyme dis­ease be­cause of the rats. So one of the things you have to do is drink co­pi­ous amounts of full fat cola after you’ve been in be­cause that kills Lyme dis­ease. Al­though I don’t think they’ll mar­ket it that way.”

Luck­ily though, it seems that get­ting lit­eral cold feet (and cold ev­ery­thing else) is a small price to pay for be­ing back in the re­vived drama – and John is par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about the new run.

He says: “I knew just how good this se­ries was at the script readthrough be­fore film­ing. There were tears and ap­plause. It had a re­ally good feel about it. Hermione Nor­ris (Karen) said, ‘The magic is back. It’s Cold Feet as we al­ways had it in our hearts.’ So I’m very ex­cited about that.

He adds: “We have learned a lot since Cold Feet re­turned and it has paid div­i­dends. The scripts are strong and it’s gen­uinely a nod to the old. There are parts of this se­ries where you think, ‘Well you didn’t see that one com­ing, did you?’”

We’ll get our first in­sight into what some of those sur­prise may be tonight, as Adam (James Nes­bitt), who has been won­der­ing if he’s lost his mojo, catches the eye of an at­trac­tive younger woman – but his son’s re­ac­tion take him by sur­prise.

Jenny (Fay Ri­p­ley) re­ceives some un­ex­pected news, while Karen is shocked to learn that her son Josh has dropped out of uni, but at least she’s more un­der­stand­ing than his dad, David (Robert Bathurst).

For some view­ers, the big­gest sur­prise may be that the char­ac­ters’ kids – who were born dur­ing the course of the orig­i­nal run – are now old enough to be drop­ping out and giv­ing their par­ents some harsh home truths. And that’s some­thing John can em­pathise with.

He says: “It hard to be­lieve [Pete’s step­daugh­ter] Chloe is now 15 and how the kids on Cold Feet have grown up. It is ter­ri­fy­ing. My daugh­ter is 16. Which is a mas­sive shock to me. A young woman now.

“My­self and Fay have got chil­dren who are around the same age as our chil­dren in the show. Which ob­vi­ously helps. But they grow up so quickly now.”

„ John Thom­son, pic­tured with Fay Ri­p­ley, had to wear a wet suit for canal scenes in tonight’s episode.

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