Acclaimed British '90s Comedy Series 'Cold Feet' To Return to ITV

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The show, which is set to get an eight-episode return, lasted for five seasons after premiering in 1997 and helped launch the career of 'The Missing' and 'The Hobbit' star James Nesbitt.

Cold Feet, one of the most successful British TV series of the 1990s, it set to return.

ITV announced on Thursday that the comedy-drama, following the ups and downs of three couples in their 30s living in Manchester, which premiered in 1997 and lasted for 32 episodes over five seasons, would be coming back to U.K. screens over eight episodes, with its original creator Mike Bullen exec producing.

The show helped launched the careers of James Nesbitt, who most recently has been seen in the acclaimed Starz series The Missing and the Hobbit trilogy, and Helen Baxendale, who would appear in Friends as Ross Geller's British girlfriend. It went on to win more than 20 awards, including one BAFTA. Among its contributors was the author David Nicholls, who since wrote Starter for Ten and One Day, both adapted into feature films.

"We’re delighted to be revisiting Cold Feet for a new generation,” said ITV's director of drama Steve November, who commissioned the new show alongside the broadcaster's controller of drama, Victoria Fea.

"Like any reunion we’ll be looking forward to working with Mike Bullen on his wonderfully heartfelt and funny scripts and learning how the characters’ lives have changed over the years."

Bullen said it felt like the "right time" revisit the show's characters as they entered middle age.

"They’re 50, but still feel 30, apart from on the morning after the night before, when they really feel their age," he said. "They’ve still got lots of life to look forward to, though they’re not necessarily the years one looks forward to!"

The new episodes of Cold Feet will be produced by Rebecca Ferguson and directed by Terry McDonough (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, and The Street). The revival will go into production in Manchester in January, with the ITV Studios-owned indie Big Talk producing. ITV Studios will distribute internationally.

Alongside Cold Feet, ITV also announced two new drama commissions. The Good Karma Hospital is an India-based six-part medical series from Tiger Aspect Drama, the banner behind Peaky Blinders and Ripper Street, while Him from Mainstream Pictures is a three-part "domestic horror" about a teenage boy trying to control a supernatural power.