After successfully reviving the series for a sixth season some thirteen years after it initially concluded its run, ITV has renewed Cold Feet for a seventh season, TVWise has learned.
Eight episodes have been ordered for season seven, matching the size of the order for the sixth season revival. Original series creator Mike Bullen will once again be returning to pen the scripts for the new season, which is set to enter production in Manchester next March.
“We all said we only wanted to bring Cold Feet back if we could maintain the standard previously set”, Bullen said. I’ve been blown away by the show’s reception among viewers and critics alike. It has exceeded even my hopes. This recommission confirms that we didn’t screw it up. I shall take a moment to bask in the warm glow… Okay, done that. Now the hard graft resumes.”
The revival has been a success with both viewers and critics, who have raved about the new season, particularly the storyline dealing with a typically taboo subject: mental health. Cold Feet ranks as ITV’s most successful drama launch of 2016, after the season premiere attracted a consolidated audience of 8.4 million and a 33% share. The first five episodes of the series have averaged 7 million and a 28% share. There are two more episode left in season six, with the penultimate episode set to air tonight (Monday October 17th) at 9pm.
“It’s with some trepidation that you return to much loved shows, but Mike Bullen’s contemporary take on the five friends and their lives has been a wonderful thing, with every bit of the warmth, humour, emotion and chemistry that makes Cold Feet such a special, and hugely enjoyable drama”, said ITV’s Director Of Television Kevin Lygo. “We were obviously delighted that the audience agreed, and we’re pleased to be able to confirm that Cold Feet will return again for a further series.”
Cold Feet is produced for ITV by Big Talk Productions and stars James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Robert Bathurst, John Thomson and Fay Ripley. Series creator Mike Bullen serves as an executive producer alongside Big Talk’s Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice. ITV’s Senior Drama Commissioner Victoria Fea will oversee production of the second season for the broadcaster. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is handling international sales.