'Cold Feet' has been recommissioned for a new series.
The well-loved comedy made a triumphant return to screens in September following a 13-year hiatus and received such a rapturous reception by critics and fans alike that ITV has decided to bring it back next year for another installment.
The channel's Director of Television, Kevin Lygo said: "It's with some trepidation that you return to much loved shows, but [writer] 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."
The current series, which concludes on Monday (17.10.16), stars James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Robert Bathurst, John Thomson and Fay Ripley as Adam Williams, Karen Marsden, David Marsden and Pete and Jenny Gifford, respectively.
The eight-part series, which opened with 8.4 million last month, sees the "fifty- something-year-old" friends as they encounter the minefield of middle age.
Writer Mike Bullen said: "We all said we only wanted to bring 'Cold Feet' back if we could maintain the standard previously set. I've been blown away by the show's reception among viewers and critics alike. It has exceeded even my hopes. 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."
Filming for the next series will kick off in Manchester in March 2017.
The news that the comedy has been recommissioned will no doubt go down well with the cast as John recently admitted there would be "uproar" if it didn't make a return.
He said: "I think there would be uproar if there wasn't (another series) ...
"Obviously on the ratings and the viewing figure, it's in a strong position but I haven't had the emperor's thumbs up yet."
'Cold Feet' first hit television screens in 1997 and came to an end in 2003.
tagged in James Nesbitt