“I’D always resisted bringing Cold Feet back.
“I didn’t want to revisit something and go along that well-trodden path where things are resurrected and then don’t have the strength, innovation or the voice they had originally.
“But when I read the scripts I thought they were very good. We slotted back into it really well but there was no complacency.
“We did feel under pressure and so it was lovely that people took to it.”
James Nesbitt talking to me about last year’s return of Cold Feet.
Ahead of series seven which begins on ITV this Friday (Sept 8) at 9pm.
“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.
MISSING your Sunday night slice of Rob James-Collier in Downton Abbey?
Well, you can see the former Coronation Street star in series three of BBC1’s acclaimed Moving On.
Along with the likes of Fay Ripley, Reece Dinsdale, Paul Rhys, Dean Lennox Kelly, Christine Bottomley, Ben Daniels, Eva Pope, Sally Philips and Warren Brown.
Together with less famous names (for now) like Shaun Mason.
Rob and Shaun appear tomorrow (Monday Nov 14) in The Milkman, the first of five new Moving On dramas screened at 2:15pm each weekday next week.
A cold, dark, depressing Monday night in February?
You can’t accuse ITV1 schedulers of not giving Married Single Other every chance of success.
Regular readers will know that I’ve interviewed the stars of the new six-part romantic comedy drama, which starts tonight.