The revival bug has officially crossed the pond. After months of rumours, ITV has confirmed that they are reviving their classic 1990s series Cold Feet with a new eight episode season.
Cold Feet was created by Mike Bullen and told the story of three couples, airing some five seasons on ITV between 1997 and 2003. Original cast members James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Fay Ripley have all signed on to reprise their roles in the revival. Not returning for the new episodes is Helen Baxendale, whose character Rachel was killed off in the show’s fifth season, and Kimberley Joseph, who played Jo Ellison.
“We’re delighted to be re-visiting Cold Feet for a new generation”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the revival alongside ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “Like any reunion we’ll be looking forward to working with Mike Bullen on his wonderfully heartfelt and funny scripts and learning how the characters’ lives have changed over the years.”
The new season is set some 13 years after Rachel’s untimely death. When we saw them last, the characters were on the cusp of change, growing up and settling down. They’d hoped that by the time they were approaching 50, life would be simpler. Well, now they’re there, to discover that it isn’t. The issues they face are different but just as challenging. They still have many years to live, but can’t escape the niggling fear that their futures are behind them.
Original series creator Mike Bullen is returning and is penning the scripts for the revival, which is being produced by Big Talk Productions. Rebecca Ferguson is the series producer, while Better Call Saul helmer Terry McDonough has come on-board to direct. The executive producers are Mike Bullen and Big Talk Productions’ CEO Kenton Allen. Production is set to commence early next year for a 2016 premiere.
“This feels like the right time to revisit these characters, as they tip-toe through the minefield of middle age”, Mike Bulled added in a statement. “They’re 50, but still feel 30, apart from on the morning after the night before, when they really feel their age. They’ve still got lots of life to look forward to, though they’re not necessarily the years one looks forward to!”