Top positive review
Credible, believable characters you end up caring about.
on 26 February 2017
Watching the recent, belated sixth series of Cold Feet reminded me how much I enjoyed the first five series of one of ITVs most successful comedy-dramas. The intertwining friendships of three ordinary Manchester couples gave the writers chance to portray real social issues and examine the challenges facing thirty-somethings as they try to get through their daily lives. The key players James Nesbitt and Helen Baxendale; Robert Bathurst and Hermione Norris; and Fay Ripley and John Thomson all add a different dimension. At the time this was an under-represented age group on TV and partly accounts for Cold Feet's success. The other major aspects are the music, with well-chosen songs helping to sell a series of complementary CD albums, and great writing mainly from creator Mike Bullen. Bullen rounds each character thoroughly and more importantly makes you care about them too. This is key to the way I found myself consuming episodes in blocks - what I like is that the series draw you in and made me want to find out what happens next. I didn't find myself watching passively either, rather concentrating on the interactions. The ups and downs of the relationships, the help given to friends in need and the gentle joshing so redolent of the best friendships are all represented well. The humour is also gentle, alternating with pathos and everyday normality shown in all its glory. Above all these are credible relationships that don't stretch the boundaries of belief - and all the better for it. For just £12 this is a bargain.