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James Nesbitt and pals all set for Cold Feet's comedy comeback

By Angela Rainey

It's finally official - the Cold Feet gang are back.

Almost 20 years later the crew have reunited to shoot the hotly anticipated new series of the 1990s classic that made them household names.

And these are the first pictures from the 2016 filming.

Cold Feet was the show that propelled Coleraine man James Nesbitt to household name status thanks to his portrayal of cheeky chappie Adam Williams.

The ITV show hit our screens in 1997 and followed the romantic entanglements of a group of middle-class thirtysomethings.

Now it is earmarked for the prestigious Sunday 9pm slot vacated by Downton Abbey when it airs in the autumn.

With his strong Ulster accent, Nesbitt won hearts as the loveable rogue who married Rachel, played by Helen Baxendale.

One of Nesbitt's best remembered scenes was when he declared his love for Rachel appearing naked on her doorstep with a red rose between his buttocks.

Actors John Thomson and Fay Ripley, who played northern couple Pete and Jenny Gifford will reunite with Hermione Norris and Robert Bathurst as upper-middle class couple Karen and David Marsden.

But absent for the new series is Baxendale - her character Rachel was killed off in a car accident in Series 5 back in 2003.

Nesbitt said initially he had concerns about a remake.

"It will be interesting to see those characters 13 years on and see what they have been up to."

The actors have been spotted filming wedding scenes and an ambulance scene, where Adam is carried on a stretcher.

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