FRIENDS RE­UNITED

The cast of comedy drama COLD FEET on why the se­ries is go­ing back to its roots…

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BACK IN 2016, Cold Feet made a tri­umphant re­turn to ITV af­ter 13 years away from our screens as view­ers fell in love all over again with the quin­tet of Manch­ester­based friends who had grown older but no wiser.

Now, three years on, the cast feel that this week’s new se­ries has got even closer to re­cap­tur­ing the magic of clas­sic Cold Feet.

‘It’s more of a nod to where we were,’ says 52-year-old Fay Ri­p­ley, who plays no-non­sense Jenny.

‘It’s the strong­est we’ve seen with more fun and games and life and tears and laugh­ter.’

James Nes­bitt, who plays charmer Adam, agrees. ‘It feels like old Cold Feet to me. We see how life can un­ravel and it im­pacts on them all and it’s truth­ful and painfully funny. It ad­dresses the ques­tions we all ask as we get older.’

MIDLIFE WOES

Those age is­sues are prom­i­nent for Adam, who was last seen split­ting up with girl­friend Tina (Leanne Best) af­ter he cheated on her. But, as the se­ries re­turns, he’s find­ing it tough be­ing sin­gle in his 50s.

‘Adam is al­ways look­ing for ro­mance,’ says Nes­bitt. ‘But he’s on an al­most im­pos­si­ble quest to work out if there will be an­other Rachel [Adam’s late wife, who was played by He­len Bax­en­dale] or if he’s des­tined to be alone.

‘But this is the se­ries where he grows up and it’s great see­ing how he de­vel­ops.’

Else­where, Jenny and hus­band Pete (John Thom­son) are back on track, while a shock­ing li­ai­son is in store for pub­lisher Karen (Hermione Nor­ris), whose ex­hus­band David (Robert Bathurst) has con­cerns about his re­la­tion­ship with Nikki (Siob­han Fin­neran).

Amid the usual ro­man­tic shenani­gans and funny mo­ments, there are also heart-rend­ing is­sues for the pals to deal with.

‘There’s a big health sto­ry­line that has a mas­sive rip­ple ef­fect,’ re­veals Ri­p­ley. ‘It’s chal­leng­ing, but we’re hope­fully un­pick­ing it in as del­i­cate a way as we pos­si­bly can.’

Adds Nor­ris: ‘We’re all in it to­gether and you see things from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives. Friend­ships are stronger when dif­fi­cult things hap­pen and this year you feel the time and in­vest­ment that has been put into those re­la­tion­ships.’

JOHN THOM­SON, HERMIONE NOR­RIS, JAMES NES­BITT, FAY RI­P­LEY AND ROBERT BATHURST

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