Among a trio of new series orders by ITV is the revival of BAFTA-winning comedy Cold Feet. The story of three couples that was a critical and ratings hit for ITV from 1997-2003 will reunite stars James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Fay Ripley. ITV Studios’ Big Talk is producing with Cold Feet creator and writer Mike Bullen exec producing alongside Big Talk’s Kenton Allen. Eight episodes will go into production in Manchester in January.
The series originally followed three couples navigating friendships, relationships, parenthood and love. The new run will pick up 13 years after the death of Rachel (Helen Baxendale) and look at how Nesbitt’s Adam has coped without his soulmate, raising their son on his own. It also will answer the questions: Do Pete and Jenny still spend their evenings on the sofa, except now they watch Endeavour instead of Morse? And what of David and Karen? They’d split up, but with three children between them, are the ties that bind still strong? Stateside, Cold Feet aired on Bravo and BBC America.
In other commissions, ITV has ordered six-episode series The Good Karma Hospital from Peaky Blinders maker Tiger Aspect. Described as a drama with heart, it’s set in the tropical paradise of Goa and follows a team of British and Indian medics as they cope with work, life and love at a cottage hospital. Run by a gloriously eccentric Englishwoman, the Good Karma turns no one away. Written by Dan Sefton (Mr Selfridge), it will be executive produced by Will Gould, Frith Tiplady, and Iona Vrolyk on behalf of Tiger Aspect Drama.
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Also upcoming is Him, a three-part domestic horror drama from Mainstreet Pictures, the producers of ITV crime series Unforgotten. Paula Milne (The Politician’s Husband) is scripting the story of a 17-year-old boy — known only as “Him” — who is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood and the homes of his divorced parents, each now remarried with new families. Finding it hard to process his feelings, the teenager tends to act out, but his behavior also is triggered by something else: He’s engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he inherited from his grandfather — a power that only his aging grandmother understands.
Former ITV execs Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes are exec producing through their Mainstreet Pictures. Shooting starts in London in January.
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