The cast of Cold Feet

1. It wasn’t originally set in Manchester

When creator Mike Bullen wrote the pilot episode, he originally wanted it to be set in North London.

But it changed to Manchester because it was cheaper to film there and it was thought to be more relatable to a UK audience.

2. A full series almost wasn’t made

The show’s pilot was filmed in 1996 and aired in 1997. But poor ratings of the hour-long episode meant ITV didn’t immediately commission a full season.

Only when it won an award at the Montreaux Television Festival in 1997 was it commissioned for a full season, which didn’t air until November 1998.

3. Though the pilot rated badly, the series became a huge success

One of the show’s biggest episodes in season five attracted 10.7 million viewers. 

It was also a critical success, winning more than 15 major TV awards, including Best Drama at the 2001 Bafta Awards and Best TV Comedy Drama at the British Comedy Awards in 1999, 2000, and 2003.

4. Jacey Salles was only supposed to play Ramona for two episodes

Mike Bullen originally thought that Karen and David would have a new nanny every few episodes.

But Salles must have impressed him, because Ramona ended up appearing in every season of Cold Feet.

5. It was a training ground for up-and-coming British actors

So many actors appeared in the series before they were famous!

The Hobbit star Richard Armitage, True Blood actor (and Anna Paquin’s husband) Stephen Moyer, Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy, Homeland’s David Harewood, Downton Abbey’s Siobhan Finneran, Gotham’s Sean Pertwee, The Walking Dead’s Lennie James… the list goes on.

Rachel and Adam, played by Helen Baxendale and James Nesbitt

6. The storylines were inspired by Mike Bullen’s real-life experiences

Pete’s depression storyline was based on Bullen’s battle with the illness.

While Adam’s womanising ways were inspired by the way he saw himself in his 20s.

7. Two of the main stars auditioned for the role of Rachel – and didn’t get it

Both Fay Ripley and Hermione Norris originally auditioned for Rachel, the role which eventually went to Helen Baxendale. 

They clearly made an impression though, as Ripley was cast as Jenny and Norris as Karen.

8. Four episodes of season three were written by David Nicholls

Nicholls became a successful novelist, writing the best-selling books Starter For Ten, One Day (which became a movie starring Anne Hathaway), and Us.

9. ITV found that Cold Feet was irreplaceable (because of course it is)

When the original series finished in 2003, the network wanted to repeat its success with another show like it.

But in 2007, they were still looking for a replacement. Talk of a reboot started as early as 2003, the year the show ended. But it took 13 years for the reunion to happen.

Stream all seven seasons of Cold Feet from midday Wednesday 1 August!