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ITV Studios Finland to produce a Finnish adaptation of Cold Feet

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- The 8x42-minute show, helmed by Ville Jankeri, follows the lives of three couples in their thirties who are struggling to put their wild youths behind them in the face of middle age

ITV Studios Finland to produce a Finnish adaptation of Cold Feet
Director Ville Jankeri (© ITV Studios Finland)

A new 8x42-minute series, a Finnish adaptation of the British comedy-drama Cold Feet (in Finnish, Rimakauhua ja rakkautta), has now entered production. The project, helmed by Ville Jankeri (Forest Giant [+see also:
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) and penned by Marika Kuortti (Roomies), stars Minka Kuustonen, Saga Sarkola, Linda Wiklund, Joonas Nordman, Aku Sipola and Nicklas Pohjola. The news was first reported by Variety.

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The original UK show (created by Mike Bullen), which snagged a BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 2002, ran for five seasons between 1997 and 2003, before launching a hit reboot in 2016.

Cold Feet will follow the lives of three couples in their thirties who are struggling to put their wild youths behind them in the face of middle age, a journey that none will get through easily. Riding the highs and lows as they fight, flirt, struggle with self-esteem, forge lasting friendships and enjoy newfound feelings of happiness, the couples will try to stay true to themselves and each other.

“I loved the original. After reading the new scripts, I felt the strength of the original writing was there as well. My aim is to reintroduce the audience to these great characters and to tell a story that provides a perfect mixture of drama and comedy that unsuspectedly slides into very real and very touching moments. When I watched the original, I was younger than the characters and felt that, apparently, it’s okay to sometimes be lost in relationships. Now, slightly older, I know it’s the case,” said Jankeri.

Janne Vakio, commissions and content development manager at MTV, added: “Cold Feet holds nostalgic value, reminding viewers of a specific time in their lives. Its return tapped into this nostalgia, appealing to longtime fans and attracting new viewers. Nostalgia is a significant trend, offering comfort and connection through revived shows.

“The goal of Cold Feet is to offer the same warmth, humour and drama as the original series. It addresses timeless topics like relationships, love and life’s challenges in a contemporary context, exploring modern issues. By grounding these universal themes in today’s world, we aim to create a series that resonates with a broad audience, offering something familiar yet new. Rimakauhua ja rakkautta is a heartfelt tribute to Cold Feet, while standing on its own as a reflection of contemporary Finnish life. We are confident that both old fans and new viewers will love this updated adaptation,” he further explained.

Cold Feet is being produced by ITV Studios Finland for MTV. Maria Kangas and Pete Paavolainen are serving as the executive producers. The show is set to premiere in 2026.

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