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Cold Feet - Pilot and Complete First Series

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From its award-winning pilot through five hit seasons, this fast-paced, cutting-edge series—dubbed "the British Friends"—captivated U.K. audiences and critics alike. This is how it all began.

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. "Britian’s coolest drama" —The Sun (U.K.). "A brilliant, quirky, sexy, funny, warm, unmissable ratings monster"— Daily Mirror (U.K.).

Before Cold Feet, there was sitcom and there was drama. This 1997 newcomer straddled both worlds effortlessly and singlehandedly seemed to create a new genre for British channel ITV. Set in Manchester, the action revolved around three couples at different stages of the relationship-development continuum. In the pilot, Adam and Rachel (who dominated the plot) were barely a couple at all, Pete and Jenny were desperately trying to conceive their first child, and their friends David and Karen were married with a toddler called Josh. This is one of those rare but delightful examples of a sharp-witted and sassy script being wedded in perfect bliss to the actors' performances (as long as Helen Baxendale, who is decorative but lacks timing, didn't grace the screen for too long).

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

Special Features

  • The pilot and six episodes on three discs
  • Couple vignettes
  • Photo galleries
  • Cast filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: James Nesbitt, Helen Baxendale, John Thomson, Fay Ripley, Robert Bathurst
  • Directors: Declan Lowney, Mark Mylod, Nigel Cole, Paul Kousoulides
  • Writers: Mike Bullen
  • Producers: Andy Harries, Christine Langan, David Meddick
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 351 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006HBLEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,041 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cold Feet - Pilot and Complete First Series" on IMDb

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By M. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 25, 2004
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This is an excellent TV series from the UK. It follows the life of three English couples, one newly dating (Adam and Rachel (played by the same actress who played Emily in Friends), who meet in the pilot), one newly married and trying for a child, and one that already has a child and seems destined to end.

The show is great because of the dialogue and the story, and was also compelling to me because the scenery is quite different from anything that we would see in the U.S. (either on TV or in the real world).

The show won an award from the British Academy of Film and Television. It deals with real life issues, including sex, and is probably too open with these issues to air in the U.S. without some censoring. There's actually only one or two scenes in the entire 5 seasons that actually shows any nudity, and its very brief and contextually appropriate (i.e., one involves a woman giving birth and the other a woman who takes a night job at a strip club).

If I had it to do over again, I'd watch series 1, 2, and 3. The show stalls a bit in series 4 and I hated the way the series ended in series 5. But, series 1, 2, and 3 are well-worth buying if only to watch once.

Although I'm writing this review before the release of this DVD, I have actually watched the entire series. I bought them from and watched them on a DVD player that is capable of playing Region 2 disks. If you are so inclined, there are a number of other good shows that have not been released here, including Teachers and Black Books, which you can buy at In fact, this title is much cheaper (and you can get all 5 seasons) if you buy it on However, in order to view UK DVD's, you must buy a region free dvd player.
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Set in Manchester in the late 90s/early 2000s, Cold Feet is a brilliantly written, impeccably acted, and very creatively directed comedy-drama about relationships. In particular, it draws attention to the differences between the sexes, and it does so in some very creative ways. For example, rather than relating the story in strict chronological order, pivotal scenes are often presented through the use of flashback as the characters relate incidents to their friends. In this way the male perspective is hilariously juxtaposed with the female, fantasy is juxtaposed with reality, and so on.

The series chronicles the lives and relationships of three couples. Firstly, there are Adam and Rachel--who aren't actually a couple when we first meet them. With an eye for the ladies, Adam (James Nesbitt--Ballykissangel's Leo) is a flirty, cocky, self-assured system's analyst--whatever that is--who is positively full of himself. Rachel (Helen Baxendale--An Unsuitable Job for a Woman), on the other hand, is overall much more serious and reserved--not to mention mature--than Adam. Adam is so upbeat, good-natured and playfully charming, however, that he brings a lightness into Rachel's life and, despite his inflated ego, it's not hard to see what she sees in him.

Adam's best friend is his mate Pete, an overweight, easy-going bloke from a working-class background whose two favourite pasttimes are watching football and downing a pint at the local pub. He's saved from having the life of a slovenly couch-potato by his marriage to Jenny, a laid-back, fun-loving, vivacious woman who's nobody's fool.

Rachel's best friend is Karen (Hermione Norris--Wire in the Blood), who despite being quite sophisticated with a cultured accent has a bit of a rebel streak.
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Order all 5 seasons from for about $60-$70 (recently went through a big price reduction--used to be the equiv of $110 with the exchange rate)(Current exchange rate is about $2 to the pound--so look for the price to be around 30 pounds)
11 discs!
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It is worth it to see all the seasons for a very reasonable price! About $10 per season.
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While it may be a bit premature to evaluate the entire season, I must say that the first 3 episodes are certainly worth the watch!. Humor and poignancy all served up with a dash of harsh relationship realities. Some of the dialogue is a bit challenging for American listeners, but one does develop an "ear" after a few minutes of acclimation.
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I love well-written, well-acted shows that make me laugh. Cold Feet began that way, and the first disc of the first season is by far the best. However, the series develops into more soap opera than comedy. Lots of affairs, betrayals & cliffhangers. This pattern continues and intensifies in the rest of the seasons (2-5). If you like soaps, definitely buy this DVD set and the rest in the series. If you prefer comedy, rent the first disc and stop there.
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What a clever little show this is. A fusion of comedy and drama set in the North of England in Manchester, once the home of the wealth and glory forged in the white heat of the Industrial Revolution and now the home of the greatest soccer team in the world, Manchester United.

This series has got it all. A mix of class and a little race thrown in with your obvious stereotypes. Modern men and somewhat less modern women against a backdrop of post modern England with the trams on the streets and emancipated women but where the same old problems of men relating to women appear again and again. The music is the sort of techno pop for which Britain became famous in the late 1990s and there is more than a little Cool Brittania about this show.

Others have dwelt upon the characters and plot lines of the show which are of less importance to me in the construction of this review.

What fascinates me here is the parallels which are established between three couples based on a combination of two friendships, two men and two women who between them draw in two other people which establishes the basis for the show. The relationships between all of the characters develop each week where clearly a longer time has passed enabling a snapshot of their intervening lives to be taken. In a fascinating crossover we experience a full gamut of emotions resulting from the complexities which evolve from both the developing relationships as well as the emerging histories of each of the players.

The cameras follow each couple from a common starting point each week which establishes a base and then as the comedic drama unfolds the complexity and the situations become almost moving stories themselves.
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