Three Manchester couples at different stages of settling down become entangled in love and friendship. As poignantly true to life as it is hilarious, Cold Feet has been hailed for its superb scripts, inspired editing, and trend-setting use of fantasy and flashbacks. The heart of the drama is the up and down romance of Adam and Rachel, played by James Nesbitt (Waking Ned Devine) and Helen Baxendale (An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, Friends). Also starring John Thomson, Fay Ripley, Robert Bathurst, and Hermione Norris. "Britians coolest drama" The Sun (U.K.). "A brilliant, quirky, sexy, funny, warm, unmissable ratings monster" Daily Mirror (U.K.).
Mike Bullen's comedy drama was about the human condition writ large, but although its six characters go through a life's worth of emotions in each season and the action consistently draws on elements of farce, Cold Feet never strays too far from the bounds of credibility. Initially James Nesbitt (Adam) and John Thomson (Pete) provided the comic core but, as the series developed, Fay Ripley (Jenny), Hermione Norris (Karen) and Robert Bathurst (David) all proved they had comic capabilities worth exploiting.
The first series begins with Adam and Rachel celebrating an anniversary of sorts. Adam, revealing a propensity for slushy romanticism, decides to make a song and dance about it with fairly disastrous consequences. It's this same romanticism that gets him into trouble as a charming but incorrigible womanizer in later episodes. But not before the couple moves in together, explores their sexual fantasies, and then watches as the shine of love gets tarnished by petty irritations and Rachel's intolerance of Adam's bad habits. Meanwhile after all their struggles to conceive, Jenny gives birth to baby Adam, leaving her and Pete exhausted and wistful about their long-gone social life. By the end of the series David and Karen have gone one stage further and tried marriage counseling after David started having problems in the bedroom department. This takes some feats of persuasion on Karen's part--one of David's defining characteristics is his constant worry about what other people think--but the yuppie couple will see some of the benefits in series 2. Like all good drama, the series ends with a cliffhanger in the form of some bombshell news from Rachel, who is last seen boarding a train for London. --Emma Perry