The British comedy drama series Cold Feet revolved around a sextet of inwardly motivated yuppies whose private lives ran the gamut from awkward dating (hence the title) to marriage to parenthood to infidelity to divorce. Bachelor Adam Williams (James Nesbitt) was a likeable eccentric who was eager and willing to make a public spectacle of himself to impress the object of his affections: Rachel Bradley (Helen Baxendale), a woman on the rebound from a bad marriage and thus supremely susceptible to Adam's charms. Pete and Jenny Gifford (John Thomson, Fay Ripley) were newlyweds, who in the early episodes were having a quite a time coping with impending parenthood. And David and Karen Marsden (Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris), already parents, wanted nothing more than to live a calm, peaceful, respectable existence -- though they sought out the services of a nanny so they could kick up their heels every so often. As the series progressed, the relationship between Adam and Rachel underwent innumerable highs and lows -- and just when it seemed that things were on an even keel, disaster struck. The marriage of Peter and Jenny eventually ended in divorce, with Peter going through a painful second marriage to a woman named Jo Ellison (Kimberly Joseph). And after separately indulging in extramarital relationships, David and Karen likewise drifted apart. Introduced with a pilot episode on March 30, 1997, Cold Feet began its weekly run on the U.K.'s ITV1 network on November 15, 1998, turning out 32 episodes, running between 60 and 90 minutes, until March 16, 2003. An American version of Cold Feet, lasting a mere three months, was seen on NBC in the fall of 1999.
dating, marriage, yuppies