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Cold Feet Series 8 - Episode 6 (final episode) Review

Cold Feet

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

AFTER misfiring (by its writers’ own admission) during season seven, Cold Feet enjoyed a strong return to form during its eighth run, as epitomised by the season finale.

A culmination of a season’s worth of personal growth and tragedy, this brought the curtain down on the latest run in deservedly bittersweet fashion.

First and foremost, Jen’s cancer storyline once again brought home the chilling reality of living with and dealing with cancer. Her friend, Charlie (Ivanno Jeremiah), passed away after developing pneumonia. Tragically, Jen only found out about Charlie’s decline once it was too late. She never got to say goodbye.

Just as Jen’s diagnosis had sent shockwaves through the Cold Feet community, so too did Charlie’s journey. Jeremiah played it perfectly. He was a good friend and confidant for Jen, especially during the early days of her diagnosis, when she struggled to tell those closest to her.

But he remained on hand to offer emotional support and encouragement, as well as the odd laugh. His departure left a gaping hole in the episode, so much so that when Jen finally took to the stage during her choir’s fundraising concert to dedicate the final song to her friend, there can’t have been a dry eye in the house.

Jen’s cancer story was sensitively handled throughout. It never became too morbid or sentimental. But it did deal with the harsh reality of living with a diagnosis – and the feelings it can bring to those who receive it, as well as the people watching from the sidelines. It was evidence of Cold Feet at its very best.

But another of this season’s winning storylines was that of James Nesbitt’s Adam and his newfound maturity. Early episodes were marked by his humiliation. But as he came to realise his feelings for Karen (Hermione Norris), there developed a really nicely built relationship.

You rooted for them both to succeed, even when – during the finale – their friends and family didn’t. Yet here, again, Cold Feet excelled in putting characters through the emotional wringer and not shying away from some of their more selfish tendencies.

The angry reaction to the revelation of Adam and Karen’s fledgling relationship seemed at times unjustified and unduly harsh, particularly in light of the fact that few were prepared to allow Adam the chance to explain himself.

But it heightened the drama and led to a real sense of will they/won’t they make it. Hence, their final scenes together, at Jen’s concert, felt well earned and deeply romantic. A holding of hands a simple gesture, but a warm one that helped to compensate for the sense of loss and uncertainty that otherwise permeated those final scenes.

Cold Feet is seldom without its embarrassing moments – as another fantasy sequence involving Jeremy Kyle illustrated – but when it comes to compelling human drama that isn’t afraid to confront complex emotions, it very often gets things wrong. This was a fittingly excellent finale to a consistently great eighth series.

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