Belfast Telegraph

Homegrown boy-next-door has the ability to bring an old favourite up-to-date

By Frances Burscough

News that there is to be a TV reheat of Cold Feet filled me first with optimism, then a frisson of dread.

The series starred and indeed jettisoned into the telly stratosphere our very own homegrown boy-next-door James Nesbitt.

His career since then has been on an ever-upward trajectory. Last year he was almost omnipresent on our screens with the haunting, tense thriller The Missing running alongside the brilliant Babylon - a sardonic black comedy about the Metropolitan Police which Mr N carried off all on his own in inimitable style. And he's also gone to Hollywood, appearing in the three Hobbit films.

So is going back to the TV show that made his name a good career move? (Let's face it, given his recent CV, he probably needs the work a lot less than some of his co-stars).

Indeed, will it be a good idea for any of us to go back to one of the most popular shows of the 1990s?

At times laugh-out-loud funny and at other times heartbreaking, the original Cold Feet followed the intertwining lives of three Manchester couples at different stages in their relationships. Back then the characters were all new, fresh, unheard-of.

But is Old Feet, as wags have dubbed it, really going to serve up the same magic?

Two decades on we're all that little bit more jaded about our TV shows, especially after years of the sort of sophisticated drama served up by the likes of HBO and Sky Atlantic.

Not only that, but it's almost like a curse on modern TV that remakes or return shows usually crash and burn.

They tried it with Dallas, Charlie's Angels, Hawaii Five-O - and failed.

Perhaps one of the worst revisits of recent times was the one-off special of This Life, the cutting edge BBC2 drama about young lawyers in London.

Reunited years later in a country house in England, it proved a yawn-fest.

So, yes, much as I loved Cold Feet first time round, I'm not really sure I want to see it brought bang up-to-date.

Still, if anyone can make it work, then our Jimmy can. Fingers - and toes - crossed.

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