Good news, Cold Feet fans – the hit comedy drama will be coming back for another series following a triumphant return to our screens after a 13-year break.
Viewers will be celebrating the news that ITV bosses have confirmed that the 90s classic has been recommissioned and will be back on our screens next year.
Production of a new eight-part series, written by Cold Feet creator Mike Bullen, will start in March after a flood of praise from critics and fans.
This current series of the Manchester-based show, which follows the lives of friends Adam Williams, Pete and Jenny Gifford and David and Karen Marsden, has been ITV’s most successful drama launch of the year.
Starring James Nesbitt, John Thomson and Fay Ripley, Robert Bathurst and Hermione Norris, the sixth series reunited the now ‘fiftysomething’ friends as they encountered the minefield of middle age.
Mike 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’ss 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.”
This series also introduced Adam’s son Matthew, played by Ceallach Spellman, Leanne Best as landlady Tina, Art Malik as smooth talking millionaire Eddie Zubayr, James Bollam as Harry, and Karen David as Adam’s wife Angela.
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.”
And Kenton Allen, executive producer and CEO of Cold Feet producers Big Talk Productions, 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.”
The opening episode was seen by 8.4 million people and the following episodes have averaged 7 million viewers.
The final episode of the current series airs tonight (Monday, October 24) at 9pm on ITV.