Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Theme Time : Space - Cold Feet

After a break of thirteen years, ITV's hugely successful comedy drama series Cold Feet will be returning to out screens next Monday at 9pm.

The definitive late 90s and early 00s take on British thirtysomethings, Granada's Cold Feet was a big deal for me. Indeed, it was a big deal for everyone; a critical and ratings smash that regularly attracted around 10 million viewers every Sunday evening, it was nothing short of a cultural phenomenon with spin off merchandise including several books, script books, and soundtrack albums. Mike Bullen's drama starred James Nesbitt, Helen Baxendale, John Thomson, Fay Ripley, Robert Bathurst and Hermoine Norris as Adam and Rachel, Pete and Jenny, and David and Karen, three likeable, easily identifiable and sympathetic couples who struggled with issues like commitment, jealousy, sexual problems, and the work and life balance across five series from 1997 to 2003, capturing the zeitgeist of those years beautifully.

We can only hope that this new series is just as strong. It certainly looks set to be another big deal, certainly locally, as both Granada Reports and BBC's North West Tonight have broadcast items on this revival just this evening. It's a series that I think has a special place in the heart of the people of the North West, perhaps because it was the first TV show to depict Manchester as a truly modern, forward thinking city - the kind of depiction that was usually favoured only by London based drama. Gone were the stereotypes of whippets and flat caps, this was a positive depiction of young people in a genuinely metropolitan, bustling environment. 

In keeping with that sense of modernity, Cold Feet regularly showcased popular and contemporary music on the soundtrack to capture the mood of each episode and would go on to release several albums comprising of the tracks used. The show's theme tune was Female of the Species by the Liverpool indie band Space and was selected by producer Christine Langan when she happened to hear it on the Radio 1 Chart Show whilst attending the edit of the pilot episode.

The new series (which won't feature the lovely Helen Baxendale, as her character died in the final episode of series 5 and the actress turned down the offer of appearing as a ghost) will feature a new theme from Elbow's Guy Garvey and I Am Kloot's Peter Jobson.

Here's hoping the new theme, and the new series, is good!


  1. It will stand or fall on the quality of the writing: Clement and La Frenais pulled it off with the return of Auf Wiederhesen Pet; let's hope Cold Feet can come good too.

    1. Did you catch Clement and La Frenais' Porridge revival on Sunday night? Alright for a one-off tribute, but not up to the mark for a series and serious contender I thought.