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James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson, and Fay Ripley are all returning for the new series of Cold Feet in 2016.

ITV confirmed that the eight-part series would rejoin the characters in 2016, all now aged around 50 ‘but feeling 30’.

The only missing character will be Rachel (Helen Baxendale), who died when Cold Feet finished 13 years ago.

The nation’s love affair with Cold Feet began in 1997 when viewers were first introduced to friends Adam and Rachel, Pete and Jenny, Karen and David. Thirty-three episodes and five series later and the show had become an entrenched part of British TV history.

But what’s happened to the friends in the years since?

Cold Feet creator Mike Bullen said: “This feels like the right time to revisit these characters, as they tip-toe through the minefield of middle age. They’re 50, but still feel 30, apart from on the morning after the night before, when they really feel their age. They’ve still got lots of life to look forward to, though they’re not necessarily the years one looks forward to!”

Cold Feet will pick up their lives now – how has Adam coped without soulmate Rachel, raising their son on his own? Do Pete and Jenny still spend their evenings on the sofa, except they watch Endeavour now instead of Morse? And what of David and Karen? They’d split up, but with three children between them, are the ties that bind still strong?

Cold Feet will go into production in Manchester in January and filming will start in February. No word yet a likely broadcast date.

ITV also announced two new drama series:

  • The Good Karma Hospital is a six-part contemporary drama set in Goa, India, which follows a team of British and Indian medics as they cope with work, life and love at an over-worked and under-resourced cottage hospital, run by an Englishwoman.
  • HIM is a three-part ‘domestic horror’ drama written by award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne, which focuses on a 17-year-old boy, (known only in the drama as HIM) who is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood, but he’s also trapped in a limbo between the two homes of his divorced parents.