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Cold Feet: Series 7 - Episode 1 review

Cold Feet

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

HAVING successfully returned last year with a sixth series, Cold Feet 2.0 returned to ITV’s line-up on Friday night with mixed success.

While most of the central characters remain engaging and all too fallible, some of the early plot devices felt strained and/or contrived.

The opening dream sequence, in particular, felt poorly judged. Having spent most of last season in a will they/won’t they get together relationship, Adam (James Nesbitt) and landlady Tina (Leanne Best) appeared to be pregnant and rushing to hospital facing a possible miscarriage.

Seconds later, Adam was engaged in a song and dance routine welcoming his new arrival. And seconds after that, the whole sequence was revealed to be a dream/nightmare. But just as the apparent suicide of Pete Gifford (John Thomson) last season proved to be a cheap visual trick, with a negative effect, so too did this opening sequence.

The only thing that was true about the sequence was that Adam and Tina do, indeed, remain together. But they’re not pregnant. Rather, Adam has decided it’s time for them to take the next step and so asks Tina to move in with him and his son. Tina, though, doesn’t want to mess things up.

Elsewhere, Jen (Fay Ripley) is getting jealous of Karen (Hermione Norris)’s friendship with Tina, and feeling excluded, while Karen herself is getting to grips with the ups and downs of her fledgling publishing company.

Pete, meanwhile, has swapped taxiing for chauffeuring but still pines for something better, while the ever hapless David (Robert Bathurst) found himself offering financial advice to wags among the Cheshire elite, and possibly facing an extra-marital affair with one of them.

None of the above storylines, thus far, appear anything other than frivolous Friday night disposable fun. Some amuse, others grate. For every clunky sequence (mostly involving Jen in this particular episode), there was something to amuse, such as Adam’s interview for a new job or David’s backdoor exit from a posh mansion.

But there’s a nagging suspicion, early on, that this series of Cold Feet might not be as good as the last. It may well be diverting enough to carry fans through, but there is an equal danger that the joy of this particular reunion could be short-lived if the writers don’t up their game in the drama stakes and insist on more cheap visual deceptions.

Cold Feet is on ITV1 on Friday nights (from September 8, 2017) at 9pm.