The Cold Feet cast have revealed how their back on the shoot had a dark after the departure of Manchester Arena for the bomb attack, in which 22 people were killed as the result of Ariana Grande in concert.
“It was horrible. Just horrible,” said John Thompson, who plays the role of Pete.
“I couldn’t wait to get home to my girls that night, as we have almost become.
“We couldn’t go in the city, because the city was closed. We re-jigged the schedule and went to the workshop. “
He paid tribute to the Cold Feet of the team, saying: “Credit to all the world of that day, the crew and the cast.”
They were meant to be filming on the 23rd May at St anne’s Square, where flowers were laid in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack of the previous day.
Fay Ripley, who plays Jenny, said: “The first thing you think of is – we are in Manchester, with people who are friends. The first call you make is ” all the world is okay?’
“Then you look at Manchester. You try to behave in a responsible manner. My children came up to about a week after. We all went to sainte-Anne and the Place, something that I know that they will always remember you.”
Hermione Norris, who plays the role of Karen, added: “This is a small community, and it seemed incredibly strong.”
Last year, the series has been a huge success for ITV and has been very warmly welcomed after 13 years of interval.
“It was a huge relief that the people have welcomed us with open arms,” admitted Ripley.
“We don’t have an example – it was the first experience to bring something back after (over) 10 years. But it is the same characters, so why not you be interested?”
But after this success, Thompson said that it was not easier this time.
“The pressure was enormous, it is more difficult in a way, as the difficult second album.
“To be honest, when I had my scenario pitched to me, I’ve been a bit cooled.
“Because we’re in guns blazing the first time, we had to bait the audience, since he was 13 years old, so we had to go from strength to strength.
“You can not go on the popularity stakes alone, this is so arrogant, so we had to have a decent, meaty plots, and it worked.”
“What I had to appreciate, it is a time that we would now like to set ourselves, you can slowly build to a bigger thing.”
Ripley said the public could expect some surprises along the way.
“There may be a few cameos, famous cameos to come. I’m not allowed to say who or when, but it can be fun. Some people, you might recognize him.”
Between the last series and this one, Nesbitt has been in the news after he made an impassioned speech on equality for actresses at the Bafta TV Awards. Something her co-star Ripley approved.
“I think it’s great to have someone to stand up and defend women in the workplace. I paid for a taxi for James to go and renegotiate my salary.
“Obviously, I’m kidding – in the Cold Feet we do not have a gender issue. If there are any (disparity) it is not because of that.”
Nesbitt is a little different in memory of him, announcing that she was a “nightmare” with the teasing about his speech. But he is happy that he has done.
“I didn’t want to be the spokesman, but I am very, very happy to be part of the campaign for the equal representation of actresses.
“The company is absorbing on a daily basis, especially the young, that even if there is a 50/50 split for the two sexes, for each female part there are three male parts.
“That is absorbed by my children and others children on a daily basis – unconsciously or consciously-it is bound to have a real impact on equality and who has the power and who has influence.”
He added: “You know what is funny was my eldest daughter sent me a text after seeing it saying, “You go girl”, I thought it was very good.”
As for the success of this series, John Thompson, said another series is not definitive.
“Everyone goes, ‘oh, it’s in the bag” and you’re going to be in this day and age, absolutely not”.
“You can’t rest on your laurels. It is best to go in with low expectations.”
And Robert Bathurst, who plays David Marsden has said that it would be nice if it was the end for the time being.
“If we have no more who is who, and in a sense, it could allow us to get older and more creative, it could become open ended until we die – we might just do a couple and a couple of there until we are 105.”
It’s an idea Thompson is fully on board with.
“We’re going to do it now, in our 50s, sit a bit and come back into our 70’s. I am glad that the idea, because I’m a comedy actor and my retirement was going to be the Last of the Summer Wine – they all rocked in that – it was our retirement, but it is over now.”
Cold Feet is on ITV 21:00 BST on 8 September.
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