Fay Ripley, 50, like Nesbitt, did no research for her reprisal of the tough, straight-talking Jenny Gifford. ‘But I took the view that there was no point going through old scripts or watching old episodes.‘I struggle to remember what happened last week, let alone what happened to me 15 years ago.
Fay Ripley also thought the series was doomed to failure from the start: ‘The pilot for the series was basically a flop and we all thought that was it. We plugged into something that the audience loved.’The new Cold Feet does not pick up from when we last saw the characters in 2003.
It starts in the present – each character has moved on.
Almost 11 million people tuned in to the Cold Feet episode where Rachel died in a car crash.
The subsequent funeral turned into front-page news. Nesbitt and Thomson’s off-screen antics gave them notoriety in the gossip columns.
For all his A-list status, Nesbitt was among the keenest to reunite with the show.