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Jimmy Nesbitt tells us all about Cold Feet's return

TVBy Richard Sullivan
Cold Feet is back, 13 years on
Cold Feet is back, 13 years on

Jimmy Nesbitt is hoping his Cold Feet return is not a one-off.

He returns to our screens tonight in the most eagerly-awaited TV comeback for years and is already keeping his fingers crossed it could replicate the success of the first series, which ran for five years.

“I never thought we would do it again,” he told the Sunday World.

“Then I opened the script and thought, ‘oh my God, there they are’. It was as if they had never been away.

“Would I do another series? In a heartbeat.”

It’s 13 years since the curtain came down on ‘the U.K.’s answer to Friends’. Jimmy’s character Adam was grieving the loss of his wife Rachel, played by Helen Baxendale, and everyone had gone their separate ways.

“It’s odd, but what happened to the characters mirrors what has happened to us in real life. We haven’t really seen each other, but walking on to the set the old connection was immediately there,” says Jimmy.

Cold Feet was the Ballymena man’s big break. After minor roles in TV dramas he was cast as a relative unknown alongside John Thompson, Fay Ripley, Hermione Norris, Robert Bathust and Baxendale. It made him a household name.

“I was hesitant, they say you should never go back, but it didn’t take me long to realise this was the right thing. Cold Feet is incredibly important to me for obvious reasons.

“I don’t look on it as a comeback or a remake, it’s a natural continuation of their stories.”

The huge success of the show catapulted Jimmy on to a stellar career. He returns after 13 years as a Hollywood star after his success in The Hobbit and a string of brilliant appearances in movies such as Bloody Sunday and TV series such as Murphy’s Law, Jekyll and Missing.

He is currently filming the second series of Lucky Man, SKY TV’s most successful ever drama production.

For now, though, all eyes will be on ITV at 9pm tonight.

“It’s been great fun, we’ve all changed a bit, this time we’ve each got a nice dressing room and these days it’s a cup of herbal tea after filming and off to bed – 13 years ago we’d have hit the town into the small hours!

“This is the happiest that Cold Feet has ever been – although to be fair there are two series I can’t remember!”