I hardly think ITV’s Cold Feet (Mondays, 9pm) needs much of an introduction. Last on our screens 13 years ago, this much hyped new series catches up with Adam, Pete, David, Jenny and Karen.
The first episode was mainly about Adam’s return to the UK from Singapore, and his wedding to Angela, whom he met in Singapore. Yet Adam was having doubts. Would he go through with the wedding?
Although the sixth member of the main cast, Rachel, is not in the new series being as she died at the end of the last series back in 2003, her presence is felt in some poignant scenes featuring Adam and Rachel’s son, Matthew.
Matthew is now a teenager, and a troubled one at that, but who can blame him having grown up without a mother, his father travelling the world on business, and being bullied at boarding school? I think Cel Spellman, who plays the character, is a very talented young actor.
Indeed, the Cold Feet teenagers give the series a new dynamic. We saw Karen and David’s twins, although we didn’t see their son, Josh. We also saw Jenny and Pete’s eldest, Adam (not so little anymore), and Jenny’s daughter Chloe, who doesn’t know that Pete isn’t her real father. Something tells me this fact will probably come out later in the series.
Pete and Jenny are together (at least I think they are), although it doesn’t seem as though they’re blissfully happy, not helped by the fact they’re struggling financially. David is still married to Robyn, although relations between them are frosty, whilst Karen doesn’t appear to have a partner.
Adam’s new fiancée? Well, she seemed nice enough, but I felt more of a connection with Adam’s new landlady played by Leanne Best. Indeed, there was more of a rapport between them than there was between Angela and Adam, but I’m guessing that’s deliberate.
I think I made a mistake catching up on all the old series in readiness for the new one, because for me, some of the magic was lost. I remember Cold Feet for its humour, but nothing made me laugh in episode one. I felt a bit negative actually, but perhaps that’s because one of the subjects being tackled in the new series is depression. Pete summed it up when he said he missed having a future. The characters (and actors) are all middle-aged now, but their lives are far from sorted. Are “fleeting glimpses of happiness” all we’ve got to look forward to in middle-age? I think this is why, at times, the programme seemed bleak.
What wasn’t lost was the bond of friendship, nor the poignancy Cold Feet is renowned for. For me, episode one picked up during the latter half, when Adam took his son back to their old family home. Then when Matthew was on his own, leaning against a wall of the castle where his father was getting married, looking despairing. The music picked for the wedding ceremony (including Elbow’s One Day Like This), and the castle itself, heightened emotions.
So did the actors slip back seamlessly into their roles? Well I thought the girls did, but I’m not so sure about the boys. Pete seemed much the same as ever. David was possibly a little more bumbling than usual. I had the largest problem with Adam. I’m not sure whether it’s because the last role I saw James Nesbitt in was as a murderer, but Adam seemed harder, but perhaps that’s what grief has done to him.
I’m particularly interested in seeing how Adam and Matthew’s relationship develops, and the potential romance between Adam and his new landlady. Though the new series hasn’t quite recaptured the old magic (yet), my interest was piqued, and I will be tuning in again next week.
- Aired on ITV1, September 5 2016 at 21:00.