James Nesbitt's eyebrows steal show on Cold Feet
Jimmy Nesbitt's performance in Cold Feet has raised eyebrows, but not in the way the Northern Ireland man was expecting.
The popular ITV drama returned after an absence of 13 years to generally positive reviews and some excellent viewing figures.
The opening episode even included an in-joke about the hitherto balding Broughshane man's head of hair, which, like the series itself, appeared to have been completely restored.
It was the Nesbitt eyebrows, however, which garnered the most comments on social media.
In contrast to the first series of the Mancunian comedy drama, which aired in March 1997, 51-year-old Nesbitt's brows appeared to have undergone a significant change in colour and thickness. Some commentators even wondered if they'd been "painted on", while others compared Nesbitt to those other famous eyebrow owners former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore and the late David Gest.
One wrote on Twitter: "The stars of the show for me are James Nesbitt's eyebrows. Sir Roger Moore has competition!"
Another said: "Transfixed by James Nesbitt's eyebrows. Can't concentrate on the show."
And a third wrote: "James Nesbitt's eyebrows (David Gest's spirit lives on)."
On Monday night's Cold Feet pipe-opener, John Thomson's character, Pete Gifford, picked up Nesbitt's character Adam Williams at the airport and asked: "Have you got more hair?" To which Adam replied "maybe". Cold Feet's viewing figures outshone those of Poldark from Sunday night, a point Nesbitt no doubt related to the star of the returning BBC1 period drama, Aidan Turner, when the pair met up at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday night.
But 33-year-old Dubliner Turner had the last laugh when he was crowned Best Television Actor - an award Nesbitt, who described himself as the "drinking woman's George Clooney" at the event, presented him with.
With the exception of Helen Baxendale, whose character Rachel died after an accident toward the end of the last series, all the original cast members returned for the series, which made Nesbitt a household name.
"I miss Helen terribly," admitted the Northern Irish star.
"But my character Adam has tried to escape Rachel and has gone on with his career, and it presents opportunities for him to seek love."