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Cold Feet back in 2016 with old line-up after 12 years

By Adam Sherwin

ITV has confirmed that Cold Feet, the hit drama series that followed the romantic entanglements of a group of middle-class thirtysomethings, is to return after 12 years.

A spokesman said that the original cast members - including Co Antrim actor James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris and Fay Ripley - have agreed to revisit their characters, now combating the disappointments of middle age, in a revival of the award-winning series that regularly attracted audiences of 8m.

And - as exclusively revealed by the Belfast Telegraph last month - Cold Feet is earmarked for the prestigious Sunday 9pm slot vacated by Downton Abbey when it airs next year.

An ITV synopsis for the revival said: "When we saw them last, our heroes 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, and it isn't."

Series creator Mike Bullen said: "This feels like the right time to revisit these characters."

Nesbitt played the loveable lead character Adam Williams as the show followed his romantic adventures with Helen Baxendale's character, Rachel Bradley.

One of his most memorable scenes was when he won over her heart by turning up naked with a rose clenched between his buttocks.

Baxendale's character was subsequently killed off in a road traffic accident.

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