Mike Bullen’s ratings-winning comedy set to return
ITV has ordered a further eight-part series of popular comedy-drama Cold Feet, following a successful return after a thirteen year absence.
Written and created by Mike Bullen, the series reunited of original stars James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Robert Bathurst, John Thomson and Fay Ripley, as Manchester based ‘fiftysomething’ friends now encounteering the minefield of middle age.
New cast additions included actor and Radio 1 DJ Ceallach Spellman as Adam’s son, Matthew, Leanne Best as Tina, Art Malik as Eddie Zubayr, James Bollam as Harry, and Karen David as Angela.
The series has been ITV’s most successful drama launch of the year with consolidated ratings of 8.4 million for episode 1, and the first five episodes of the series averaging 7 million.
ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo said: “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. 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.”
Executive Producer and CEO of Big Talk Productions Kenton Allen added: “We have been incredibly humbled by the astonishing reaction from viewers and critics alike. The challenge of bringing back a much loved show was extremely daunting so it’s incredibly satisfying to be asked to make another series with Mike Bullen, Jimmy, Hermione, Robert, John, Fay and the rest of our incredible cast and awesome Manchester Crew.”
Mike Bullen, said: “We all said we only wanted to bring Cold Feet back if we could maintain the standard previously set. 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.”
Cold Feet is produced for ITV by Big Talk Productions. The new series will go into production on location in Manchester during March 2017.
The penultimate episode of the current series airs tonight (17th Oct) at 9pm on ITV.