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“I aspire to make people laugh out loud and a tear to form in their eye.

“I feel we’ve achieved that.”

Cold Feet creator and writer Mike Bullen talking to me earlier this year about the return of the much loved ITV series.

Finally arriving back on screen at 9pm on Monday (Sept 5).

I can still recall the buzz in the room after the screening of the first episode of series one at the London launch of Cold Feet in 1998, some 18 months after the pilot was broadcast.

Interviewing the cast then it was clear they and Mike had created something very special indeed. A fresh, original, surprising series with – as in life – moments of comedy and drama entwined.