Big Talk lands Cold Feet TV series revival
The shingle behind Rev, Friday Night Dinner and Houdini & Doyle has landed the high-profile revival of nineties hit TV series Cold Feet.
Big Talk Productions are moving swiftly to bring the comedy drama to screen, which will be delivered to ITV as an 8 x 60, and which comes once again from the pen of Mike Bullen. He exec produces alongside the indie's Kenton Allen.
Cold Feet was originally a huge hit for ITV, with 32 episodes running from November 1998 to March 2003. Set in Manchester, it explored the lives and loves of three couples, as they bore infidelities, birth, marriages and deaths, and made stars of the six protagonists. The new run is set thirteen years after Rachel's death.
Rebecca Ferguson produces, with Terry McDonough directing. Filming begins in February in Manchester, with James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Fay Ripley all back on board.
Bullen said of the return: "This feels like the right time to revisit these characters, as they tip-toe through the minefield of middle age. They're 50, but still feel 30, apart from on the morning after the night before, when they really feel their age. They've still got lots of life to look forward to, though they're not necessarily the years one looks forward to!"
Although described as a comedy drama, the show had more of a drama edge, and was shot using film stock.
The revival comes at an apposite time: at a recent Broadcast event, several drama controllers were calling for more contemporary non-crime dramas, all citing Doctor Foster as an example.
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