The cast of Cold Feet have reunited for their first read-through ahead of filming on the long-awaited return of ITV’s Bafta-winning comedy drama.

James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Fay Ripley got together in central London, and were joined by James Bolam, Karen David, Leanne Best and Art Malik, who have roles in the new series.  

Speaking about returning to the role of Pete, John Thomson said: “I’m delighted to be part of the new series of Cold Feet. Since it finished almost 13 years ago, the demand for its return from the general public has been overwhelming. It’s fantastic to deliver such a brilliant show to an audience who hold it so dear to their hearts.”  

Fay Ripley said: “In my world, Cold Feet never really went away. It’s the show that people constantly reference and finally I can say: ‘Yes, it’s coming back!'”

She added: “Revisiting Jenny feels a bit like bumping into an old friend. Getting to know her again is going to be a laugh. I just hope that by the time I finish filming I don’t want to delete her number!”

Robert Bathurst said: “We haven’t been away for 13 years, it’s just that the cameras haven’t been with us. I expect David will be older but not wiser; doing his best, but still making hopeless decisions.”

James Nesbitt quipped: “Cold Feet was such a big part of my life. I can’t wait to see all my old friends and find out if Adam is still as big an eejit as I still am.”

The eight-part comedy drama will be filmed in Manchester and produced by ITV Studios’ indie, Big Talk. The series creator and writer is Mike Bullen and CEO of Big Talk Productions, Kenton Allen.

Cold Feet last screened in 2003. No word yet on exactly when the new series will be broadcast.