Cold Feet fans waited 13 years for the show to return – but they won't be waiting as long for the next series! ITV have caused a social media storm after confirming that they have recommissioned the comedy drama for another season to be produced next year.
Cold Feet has been recommissioned
The latest instalment of the show will features eight episodes, and is expected to go into production in March 2017.
Cold Feet, which ran between 1997 and 2003, made a highly-anticipated comeback in September, and it didn't disappoint. The first five episodes had an average of seven million viewers, and continually trended on social media as fans shared their praise and excitement at seeing James Nesbitt reprise his role as ladies' man Adam, alongside other members of the original cast.
James Nesbitt reprised his role as ladies' man Adam
The episode saw ladies' man Adam (James Nesbitt) return to Manchester after years working abroad, to tell his friends that 14 years after the death of his beloved wife Rachel (Helen Baxendale), he was getting married again.
Not everyone was as thrilled about the wedding as he was – particularly his schoolboy son Matthew, who is deeply unhappy and living in a boarding school in Cheshire.
Mike Bullen, the show's writer and creator, revealed that he himself was "blown away" by the positive reaction Cold Feet has received in recent weeks after being on hiatus for over a decade.
"We all said we only wanted to bring Cold Feet back if we could maintain the standard previously set," he admitted. "I've been blowing away by the show's receiption among viewers and critics alike. It has exceeded even my hopes."
The show has received glowing praise from fans
He quipped: "This recommission confirms that we didn't screw it up. I shall take a moment to bask in the warm glow… Okay, done that. Now the hard graft resumes."
ITV's Director of Television Kevin Lygo added: "It's with some trepidation that you return to much loved shows, but Mike Bullen's contemporary take on the five friends and their lives has been a wonderful thing, with every bit of the warmth, humour, emotion and chemistry that makes Cold Feet such a special, and hugely enjoyable drama.
"We were obviously delighted that the audience agreed, and we're pleased to be able to confirm that Cold Feet will return again for a further series.”