Cold Feet

Cold Feet to return to ITV

Pete (John Thomson), Karen (Hermione Norris), Adam (James Nesbitt), David (Robert Bathurst) and Jenny (Fay Ripley) (Credit: ITV)

The six-part series will pick up after the end of series eight, where Jenny (Fay Ripley) prepared herself for the rest of her cancer treatment with husband Pete (John Thomson) by her side.

David (Robert Bathurst) was slowly rebuilding his life after becoming homeless, while Adam (James Nesbitt) and Karen (Hermione Norris) were coming to terms with their new romantic relationship and the impact it had on the rest of the group.

Cold Feet star gives Anthony H Wilson memorial Lecture 2017

Tony Wilson is one of the region’s defining media figures and “Mr Manchester” is rightly remembered each year by RTS North West’s Anthony H Wilson Memorial Lecture.

Chaired by Granada News presenter Lucy Meacock – a former colleague of Wilson on Granada Reports and Granada Upfront – the lecture drew a large audience of 150 people to the Lowry Theatre, Salford in mid-October.

As well as his television work, Wilson also ran Factory Records, home to Joy Division, New Order and many other Manchester bands.

Happy Valley's Siobhan Finneran joins the cast of Cold Feet

Finneran plays Cheshire housewife Nikki Kirkbright, who develops a close bond with David Marsden (Robert Bathhurst) through his job in personal finance.

Despite her luxurious lifestyle, there is more than meets the eye as it becomes apparent that Nikki's husband George (Robert Glenister) is not the man he seems. 

When secrets are revealed, will David be able to help Nikki escape, or will he get tangled up in the situation?

How to revive a hit

Top Gear

As the cost of failure in TV gets ever higher, particularly in drama, it is no surprise when commissioners turn to the past to fill tomorrow’s schedules. Some of these second-life shows become huge hits.

Poldark returned from 1975 to score as one of the biggest new dramas of 2015. Some reboots, such as Doctor Who, become such an established part of the TV landscape that it’s hard to believe they ever went away. Others, such as ITV’s revival of Stars in Their Eyes last year, misfire.

Cold Feet to return to ITV

The cast of Cold Feet (Credit: ITV)

Twelve years since it ended - and after months of speculation - Cold Feet will be coming back for a new series.

The comedy-drama was a cult and critically-acclaimed hit during its original five-series run (from 1997-2003), and ITV has confirmed that the new 8-part revival will reunite stars James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson, and Fay Ripley.

The series's creator and writer Mike Bullen, said it was "the right time to revisit these characters, as they tip-toe through the minefield of middle age.

Why film is a good fit for the BBC

Philomena

Christine Langan
Christine Langan (Credit: BBC)

 

Everyone knows that BBC drama is either near or at the top of its game. But what of BBC Films, the broadcaster's infinitely poorer and sometimes neglected cousin?

For the past six years, BBC Films has been led by Christine Langan, a one-time Granada script editor who went on to win acclaim within ITV and beyond.

Improv adds realism to cop show

Suspects
Channel 5 is renowned neither for its homegrown drama nor for attracting critical praise, but Suspects gives it both. The cop show has notched up three series since its TV debut in February 2014 and, at the end of April, it was the subject of an RTS London event at ITV’s London Studios.