After 13 long years away, Cold Feet returned to our screens last night.
And, judging by the reactions on Twitter, everybody absolutely loved it.
Used to love it when me mam used to let me stay up to watch Cold Feet when I was a bairn, can't believe it was 13 year ago— Kie (@hiblenky_) September 5, 2016
Have been so exited to cold feet for so long!!! 😍 this was literally my child hood— AJ † (@aimeePOW) September 5, 2016
A whopping 6.1 million viewers tuned in to the first episode, which focused on the long-overdue return of Adam (James Nesbitt), whom we last saw jetting off for work in sunnier climes following the tragic death of his wife Rachel (Helen Baxendale) in the original series finale.
What had drawn him back to the UK? A wedding, of course – and his own wedding at that.
Yes, after over a decade overseas, Adam was desperate to know if his old pals (played by Robert Bathurst, Fay Ripley, Karen David, Hermione Norris and John Thomson) would watch him tie the knot.
Yes, to someone who isn’t Rachel - sob.
Adam’s friends accepted his invitation, despite the fact it seemed pretty clear to fans on social media that their old pal was in the midst of a mid-life crisis.
After all, his bride was almost 20 years his junior, he was seemingly in love with his landlady, and he’d even (just like Nesbitt) had a hair transplant – a point which fans of the show were keen was referenced so early on.
And the rest of the gang, despite supposedly being older and wiser, were just as chaotic as they’d ever been.
Pete and Jenny were still together, although it quickly became apparent that they had been hit hard by the recession. So much so that he’s been juggling two jobs – one as a mini-cab driver (which provided a plethora of jokes for the first episode), and one as a carer in a retirement home.
The child Jenny was pregnant with way back in 2003 has grown up into a teenage girl called Chloe – and she has no idea that Pete’s her father.
David and Karen are divorced, which means she’s single, sober, genuinely happier than we’ve ever known her, and the primary carer for their two daughters Ellie and Olivia. Don’t worry about their son Josh, nothing terrible has happened to him; he’s just away on his gap year.
Meanwhile David is married to his former divorce lawyer Robyn – and it seems as if their relationship is brittle, at best.
Amidst all the usual ups-and-downs, however, were some truly touching scenes.
We watched as Karen did her best to comfort Adam and Rachel's troubled 15-year-old son, played by Cel Spellman, now living in a boarding school in Cheshire because he didn’t want to travel with his dad.
And, when Adam collapsed after thinking he saw Rachel, viewers admitted that they had been left with a tear (or two) in their eyes.
And, while it was, obviously, the reboot of an old show, Cold Feet remained very self-aware, referencing plenty of new modern dating tropes, too.
On the whole, it seems as if the reboot is so much more than that; critics and fans alike were absolutely bowled over by how much they enjoyed the first reunion episode.
The response will surely come as a relief to Nesbitt, who recently revealed his fears for the show’s comeback.
Speaking in an interview with the Radio Times, he said: “I do care what the critics say because Cold Feet means a lot to me.
“We’re all very hopeful that people are kind and will enjoy and embrace it. There will be critics out there who cannot wait to hammer it.”
Nesbitt added that, while long-time fans of the show may remember it as being a little more emotionally raw than most sitcoms, the new Cold Feet episodes are far more positive.
“This is the happiest Cold Feet has ever been – although to be fair there are two series I can’t remember,” he said.
The second episode of Cold Feet 2016 will air on ITV at 9pm on Monday 12 September 2016.
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