ITV has announced the “conscious uncoupling” of Cold Feet.
The comedy drama concluded its ninth series on the broadcaster’s main ITV channel last night, with the leading characters embarking on “new beginnings, as new challenges test the oldest of friendships”.
Created and written by Mike Bullen, the broadcaster confirmed that there would be a tenth series of the popular programme, but potentially not for a number of years.
Now, Bullen, the production team and ITV have all agreed to allow the series to again “rest” for a number of years, and return to revisit and chart the lives of the central characters – played by James Nesbitt, John Thomson, Fay Ripley, Hermione Norris and Robert Bathurst – at a later point in their lives.
Bullen says: “We feel we’ve explored to our satisfaction the issues confronting the characters at this stage of their lives and we want to give them all a little time to move on, to put clear water between the stories we’ve told thus far and the issues they’ll be exploring when they are empty nesters staring down the barrel of grandparenthood. We’re looking forward to returning at a later date to document the agony and the ecstasy of the third age…”
James, Hermione, Robert, Fay and John said: “The Cold Feet team have proved that life never stops being funny, challenging and bitter sweet. So, although the show will take a well earned break, we all look forward, when the time is right, to returning to warm the nation’s hearts once again.”
Kenton Allen, Executive Producer and boss of production company Big Talk, adds: “We’re so proud to have brought Cold Feet back for four amazing series and are now taking a well earned holiday and saying au-revoir and definitely not farewell to a much loved series that has defined generations of ITV viewers.”
Details of the potential length of Cold Feet‘s break from television screens have not been announced.
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