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Cold Feet to return in Downton's prime Sunday evening slot

By Lisa Smyth

The hit television show that made Jimmy Nesbitt a household name throughout the UK is to return to our screens.

Fay Ripley, one of the cast of ITV's Cold Feet, has confirmed the much-loved comedy-drama will make a comeback more than 12 years after it bowed out as one of the nation's favourite shows.

And it is set to return in the coveted Sunday night slot soon to be vacated by Downton Abbey.

Fay, who starred as Jenny Gifford in the show, said: "Well yes, I think we're off and away, I think I can say that! I didn't hesitate, because it's been floating around as an idea for so long.

"My only hesitation is that one hopes it's not going to be rubbish. Ten years have passed, anything could have happened.

"I'm hoping it's not written that I've got very thin, because that's not happened."

There had been speculation that ITV was in talks with the former cast about a revival of the show, but this is the first time one of the actors has said filming is to go ahead. It is not known whether Nesbitt, who grew up in Broughshane, will reprise the role that made him famous.

The show centred on the lives of three thirty-something couples in Manchester and ran for five series between 1998 and 2003.

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 tragic road traffic accident, which saw eight million viewers tune into her funeral.

The final episode of the original series drew 10.7 million viewers.

The show has been broadcast in more than 34 countries and was adapted by major TV stations in the US, Italy, Czech Republic and Poland. It has also spawned merchandise including books and a board game.

Nesbitt has come a long way since he attended Coleraine Academical Institution before starting a degree in French at the University of Ulster.

However, he has said of his time there: "I had the necessary in my head, but I just couldn't be bothered.

"Being 18 is the worst age to expect people to learn things.

"There are other things to be bothered with, like girls and football."

He subsequently dropped out and enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he said he felt out of place because of his Northern Irish roots.

"When I first came to drama school I was a Paddy the minute I walked in," he said.

"And I remember going to drama school and them all saying to me: 'Aww, yeah, Brits out', and I was like: 'It's a wee bit more complicated than that, you know.'"

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