When it comes to the idea of a Cold Feet comeback, it doesn't look like ITV has got any doubts, as the show is apparently set to be returning to the small screen with a brand new season, 13 years after it finale episode. The new series is set to fill the primetime Sunday night slot that will be left by period drama Downton Abbey, when its sixth and final season concludes around Christmastime. However, it won't air right away, with reports saying it is due to return to screens sometime next spring.
According to The Sun, talks of a bringing the show back have been going on for a good few years, but the studioheads were uncertain that the series would be as successful as it once was if they didn't get the entire core cast on board with the project first. Something they have now apparently achieved.
A source previously told the publication: "Cold Feet is coming back, the deal is very nearly done. Filming will begin early next year and the new series will be ready to go by next spring. It's been discussed quietly in the industry for five years. But not many people believed it could be pulled off because of the number of big names involved."
However, when discussing the seemingly concrete quote, a spokesperson for ITV appeared a little more vague, suggesting that the insider might just be an excited fan. "This is speculation as there's always so much interest in a Cold Feet reunion," they told the MailOnline.
In its original run, Cold Feet was one of the most popular dramas of the 1990s, pulling in on average about eight million viewers per episode as well as earning itself several awards including a Bafta for best drama series in 2002. It focused on the ups and downs that relationships often have to tackle, through the stories of three different couples played by stars James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, John Thomson, Robert Bathurst, Fay Ripley and Helen Baxendale.
The Missing's Nesbitt and Friends' alum Baxendale played couple Adam Williams and Rachel Bradley who were married throughout the series until Bradley was killed in a car crash in the show's fifth and final season.
Thomson and Ripley were also an item on the show, portraying Pete and Jenny Gifford and Bathurst and Norris similarly paired up to star as David and Karen Marsden. Both couples had rocky relationships throughout the whole series, with both marriages ending in divorce by the time of the last episode in March 2003.