“I think this series of Cold Feet is very strong. I’m really pleased with it.

“There’s big scope, range and ambition.

“It’s the best one of the reboots and one of the best there’s ever been.”

James Nesbitt talking to me about series eight of Cold Feet.

I have interviewed the Cold Feet cast before every single series going back to the late 1990s – over 20 years ago now.

And having already seen all six episodes in this 2019 series, I also believe it is one of the very best yet.

If not the best.

“I shed many tears. I genuinely did.

“I shed them as James and I shed them as Sidney. The final day was always going to be a big day.”

James Norton talking to me about his departure from the role of Sidney Chambers during the new 2019 series of Grantchester.

Which begins on ITV at 9pm on Friday January 11.

This fourth series set in 1956 sees the introduction of new vicar Will Davenport played by Tom Brittney.

With Robson Green as Geordie Keating facing a changing world.

 “THERE is an invisible workforce all around us.

“Everyone is so busy in cities going to and from their jobs and you don’t really pay attention.

“Many of those are working contracts, coming in overnight when we’re all going home.”

Executive producer Jane Featherstone talking to me about Cleaning Up.

A new six part ITV drama starring Sheridan Smith, Jade Anouka, Matthew McNulty, Ben Bailey Smith and Rosie Cavaliero.

Which begins at 9pm on Wednesday January 9.

“THIS is Vanity Fair.

“A world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having.”

(William Makepeace Thackeray)

August 2017. Bloomsbury Centre Baptist Church, London WC2.

Gathered in the church’s ‘Friendship Centre’ were the cast, production team, executives and the rest of the team involved in ITV’s new adaptation of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

With screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes announcing herself as “assistant to the author”.

I had already read all seven of her sparkling scripts.

But it was here in this room that they were first brought alive during an almost day long script read-through.